Jim Gordon

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California

Jim Gordon, a 30-year veteran of the wine industry, reviews and reports on wines from Mendocino, Lake and Contra Costa Counties, Livermore Valley, Lodi, Central Valley and the Sierra Foothills for Wine Enthusiast. Napa-based Gordon has been the editor for winemaker and grapegrower media company Wines & Vines since 2006, and also directs the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was also editor-in-chief of the James Beard Award finalist book Opus Vino (2010) and of 1000 Great Everyday Wines (2011), for which he covered Mendocino and Lake County wines, among other topics Additionally, Gordon was editor-in-chief of the former wine lifestyle magazine Wine Country Living and managing editor of Wine Spectator.

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Deaver 2010 Signature Primitivo (Amador County)

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This wine is a dark garnet color, dense to the rim, with potent blackberry and dark cherry aromas. Delicious and pure blackberry and boysenberry flavors linger through the finish. It’s big and bold but the power is in the magnificent fruit flavors rather than tannin, oak or alcohol.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
93
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Deaver 2010 Signature Zinfandel (Amador County)

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The power and richness of Port fill this extreme—and extremely delicious—Zinfandel. It is very deep in color and vivid in aroma, like the scent of ripe grapes at the crusher on harvest day. It fills the mouth with apparent sweetness that lingers long on the finish. Perfect match for after dinner with blue cheese and toasted walnuts, or a cigar.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
92
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Carol Shelton 2012 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel (Mendocino)

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Not overly full-bodied, not overly ripe, not overly wild, but just right for dinner time. It’s well balanced, velvet textured and multilayered. Brambly, bright raspberry and blackberry flavors fill the mouth, supported by smooth tannins and good acidity that keep it lively and appetizing through the long finish.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
92
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Za Zin 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)

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One of the “12 Zins of Lodi 2014,” it was chosen in a judging by the Lodi Winegrape Commission to represent the region’s finest. The deep red-black color is saturated to the rim. Deep, evocative aromas lead to ripe cherry, boysenberry, chocolate and nutmeg flavors that echo on the finish. The texture is full and smooth.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
91
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Ironstone 2012 Reserve Estate Grown Chardonnay (Sierra Foothills)

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Big, bold and concentrated, this full-bodied wine was given the complete new-barrel, lees-stirring treatment. It has a deep gold color, with ripe pear and buttered toast aromas that transition to waves of pear and apple on the palate and lingering finish.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
91
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Renwood 2011 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County)

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A ripe and tasty style of Zinfandel from a grand old name in the Sierra Foothills. The maple and brown sugar tones from new oak integrate well with ripe but not overripe fruit flavors. Touches of clove and black pepper come out as you sip, adding welcome nuances.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
91
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Concannon 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley)

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This big-boned Cabernet tastes rich, complex and inviting. It combines cinnamon and cedar aromas, ripe blackberry and cherry flavors and a firm, tannic texture that will love a grilled lamb chop or similar flavorful fare. Concannon ages the reserve lots for at least 18 months in French oak barrels. Best from 2015–2020.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
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FEL 2012 Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)

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An unabashed California Chardonnay with buttery aromas, sunny fruit flavors of ripe pear and peach, and a lingering finish that hints at vanilla and cream. Fresh acidity and a light touch of oak keep the texture lively and refresh the palate. FEL is a cool-climate line of wines from Napa’s Lede Family Wines.  — J.G.  (9/1/2014)
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