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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Dutton-Goldfield 2012 Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Marin County)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $68

Gorgeous aromas of clove, cinnamon, ripe black fruit and whiffs of pine and herb make a great start. The flavors are equally compelling and classic, blending cinnamon and black cherry with hints of rosemary and rhubarb. These all glide on a soothing texture that rests lightly on firm tannins and fresh acidity, resulting in a fascinating and complex taste experience.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
94
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Black Kite 2012 Stony Terrace Block Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $60

Bright red cherry and rich black cherry aromas are followed by ripe, plummy flavors in this well-balanced, medium-bodied and absolutely delicious wine. It offers fruit complexity, a touch of spicy oak, firm texture with good tannic grip and a lingering, enticing finish.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
93
points

Balo 2012 Avenging Angel Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55

This vital, athletic wine is tempting now but will be best to drink after 2018. It has a dark color with a red-brick rim and opulent fruit aromas. Tangy, mouth-filling cherry and raspberry flavors come with a vibrant, tannic, lively texture. It’s a bit tight to enjoy now, but will mellow and mature in the cellar.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
93
points

Bella 2012 Trot and Follow Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)

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  1. $48

Big and robust, it is full bodied but also has lots of personality. It smells like blackberries and ripe plums, and tastes rich, ripe and and a bit hot. Memorable wild sage and wood smoke notes linger on the finish. Firm tannins and acidity shape all the elements in an appetizing way.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
93
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Rosenblum 2011 Carla's Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)

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  1. $35

A classic of the genre, this combines a deep color with luscious fruit character and spicy accents on a velvety texture. Firm tannins lend an appetizing grip, while the fresh ripe blackberry, clove and cedar flavors seem to melt on the tongue and linger on the finish. It shows great complexity and balance in a traditional dry style.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
92
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Darcie Kent Vineyards 2012 De Mayo Block Chardonnay (Livermore Valley)

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  1. $30

This barrel-fermented wine has opulent aromas of nougat, butterscotch and pear tart. Equally interesting flavors stress the spice and pastry notes rather than straightforward fruitiness. It is attractively rich in mouth feel, dry, full-bodied and grand in style.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
92
points

Barnett 2013 Savoy Vineyards Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $42

This has an enticing toasted baguette aroma, and ripe fruit flavors laced with oak and perhaps lees-aging accents that interlace with the pear and peach notes. It’s a great choice for people who want something beyond fresh fruitiness.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
92
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Bella 2012 Block 10 Zinfandel (Alexander Valley)

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  1. $45

A deep, dark color, unusually ripe and exotic aromas, and intense flavors recalling boysenberry syrup make this a monster Zin. It’s not very tannic or astringent, but the body is so rich and the alcohol relatively high that it oozes power and concentration. This will be great after a meal with cheese or chocolate.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
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