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Judy Jordan, the former owner of J Vineyards & Winery, has moved to her next chapter, Geodesy Wine. This winery was founded in gratitude to the agricultural community with the sole purpose of empowering the next generation of young women. All of Geodesy’s profits support the Wild Goat Edge Program that offers agricultural works gratitude by nourishing the bright promise of their daughters to uplift our communities. Young women are connected with teachers, mentors, and internship sponsors who guide, support and empower them through the Wild Goat Edge Program.
Judy began her search for exceptional vineyard sites for Geodesy in 2015. She and her team, including General Manager Kathryn Lindstrom, acquired vineyards in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and Chehalem Mountains, Sonoma County’s Petaluma Gap and Napa Valley. The wines are made by Megan Baccitich, formerly Director of Winemaking for Paul Hobbs Wines.
The wines are released annually in the fall and spring. Three levels of membership are offered to acquire allocations of the wines. The 2017 vintage offering includes a Chehalem Mountain Vineyard and Eola Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
2017 Geødesy Chehalem Mountains Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Chardonnay
14.1% alc., pH 3.20, TA 0.60, 59 cases, $75. Native yeast fermentation, native MLF, barrel fermented, aged 15 months in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Very shy nose with faint aromas of wax and yeast. More expressive on the palate, with flavors of lemon, grapefruit, pear and honey. Gentle and refined with vibrant acidity and a lip-smacking finish. Quite agreeable, but I wanted more fruit. Score: 89. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Geødesy Eola Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay
13.7% alc., pH 3.25, TA 0.60, 47 cases, $75. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented with native yeast, native MLF, aged 15 months on the lees, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Reserved aromas of white nectarine, ocean breeze and botanical notes. Rather austere, with demure flavors of lemon, grapefruit and pear with no noticeable oak input. Less acid-driven than the Chehalem Mountains Vineyard bottling. Easygoing, but might put you to sleep. Score: 88. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Geødesy Chehalem Mountain Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.60, 115 cases, $80. Harvest Brix 24.3º. 15% whole cluster. Concrete open-top tank 18-day maceration including a 5-day cold soak. Native MLF and aging 15 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 50% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Pleasing array of aromas including black raspberry, blackberry, baking spices, dark cocoa, vanilla and toast. Mid weight plus in style with a burly core of deep people and black fruits framed by evident tannins. The finish is long and fruity. This wine has propelled by burly fruit and shows a little less charm than the Eola Springs Vineyard bottling. Score: 91. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »
2017 Geødesy Eola Springs Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.59, 143 cases, $80. Harvest Brix 24.3º. 5-day cold soak, native yeast and native malolactic fermentation, aged in French oak barrels, 57% new and balance 1-year-old. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Engaging black cherry aromas rise from the glass. Seamless, refined and polished in a mid weight plus style featuring dark cherry and raspberry flavors with commendable oak integration. Modest tannins, enviable balance, and a persistent, graceful finish. Less concentration but more charm than the Chehalem Mountain Vineyard bottling. Score: 93. Reviewed July 8, 2019 ARTICLE »