Wine Tasting: Jordan Chardonnay 2012 and Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


California’s Jordan Winery has a Colorado connection. The Sonoma County winery was founded in 1976 by Coloradoans Tom and Sally Jordan, Francophiles who set out to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the Old World Style. They succeeded, and today the winery is known for its highly rated wines.

A few days ago, we had the privilege of tasting the new releases from Jordan and they are delicious.


Jordan Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012 – This golden-colored wine smelled of vanilla, peaches, pear, pineapple, baking spices, and freesia. It was crisp and refreshing on the palate, and paired well with a spinach and cheese appetizer, goat cheese ravioli in a pesto sauce, and vegetarian sausage. The bright acidity would pair well with English pea soup, stuffed chicken, and baked salmon with crispy skin.


Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2010 – This wine evolved rapidly in the glass, even after spending an hour in a decanter. It offered blackberries, coffee, cocoa, and sage on the nose, and opened up to reveal roses and majoram. It was the deliciously complex Cabernet we have come to expect from Jordan with soft tannins and balance throughout. It would pair well with a variety of roasted meats and pretty much anything prepared on a grill.

Until our next adventure in wine and food…

Jordan Winery
1474 Alexander Valley Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Location: Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley

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