2011 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay

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From 100% Russian River fruit that is allowed to ripen slowly over a long growing season and kept cool by the fog, Jordan's 2011 Chardonnay is an elegant style that delivers bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors layered over a finely knit palate. It balances refreshment and richness with aplomb, thanks to a combination of natural acidity in the fruit, French-inspired winemaking techniques, and all French oak aging.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2013 | Send Email
Jordan's Chardonnay is a balanced, medium-weight Chardonnay made in a restrained style (gotta love the 13.5% abv) that is versatile and easy to love. While it has the citrus and tropical fruit and creamy vanilla-inflected profile that appeals to fans of oak-aged California Chardonnay, the 2011 retains acidity and freshness for a Chardonnay with some spine to stand up to food. The chef at Jordan pairs this with Hawaiian Blue prawns with tomato fondue served over fresh green peas, and the combination of textures and flavors of the dish with the structure and acidity of the wine works perfectly - do try at home!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2013 | Send Email
2011 throughout California was a cool year. For me, this really helped out the white wines. Although a difficult vintage for winemakers, I think consumers will enjoy the bright acidity and freshness that these wines have. 2011 Jordan Chardonnay is a perfect example of how the cooler conditions affected the wines. It still has that upfront toasty oak, ripe, nearly tropical fruit, but it is all being held together well with its zippy acidity. This wine sees 50% new Oak and is on the low side these days in California at 13.5% alcohol by volume.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5