Robert Jordan, Vintner
When you’ve been growing grapes for Opus One, Duckhorn Vineyards, Stags Leap Wine Cellars and Cakebread Cellars for decades, your imagination can take off while tasting for ripeness in the vineyard: What would your own wine taste like made from these grapes? Would your own winemaking style preferences reap a wholly different wine than those created by partner wineries? Repeat the experience innumerable times and Robert Jordan Wines was born of my overactive imagination.
I’ve been growing and managing great vineyards in Napa and Sonoma for decades, making my own wine off and on from select properties for my own use for years. And as the years passed, learning and partnering with the winemakers who craft fine cabernet sauvignons and other varietal wines from the grapes I farm for them, I arrived at launching my brand.
In the beginning…
While attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I never would have dreamed that one day I’d own and make my own Napa Valley wines. A chance introduction to the wine business by one of my professors provided the fateful change in my career. I got my B.S. in Agricultural Business and Viticulture with course work in wine marketing, sensory evaluation as well as spending time working in the vineyards. But originally I had no plans of going into the wine business. However, life had other plans! And I’ve been busy growing the best wines I could ever since.
About the bow tie…
“You know it’s funny,” Robert says. “My father had to dress very formally for the courtroom. I, on the other hand, go to work most days in a pair of jeans and boots to manage the vineyards. So the bow tie on my label is homage to my father, who first taught me strong work ethics and taking pride and passion in what I do. It also represents the opposite end of the spectrum from where I start my day: I can go from jeans to a tux, from morning to night. A beautiful wine is the culmination of all the work in the vineyard, something to be celebrated and honored with the appropriate attire.”