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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Williams Selyem 2012 Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65

Just beautiful, this wine combines spicy, arresting aromas, vivid, bright cherry and raspberry flavors, an electric mouthfeel and bracing texture. All nerve and muscle, and no fat, it is vibrant in acidity, with firm tannins that support the enticing fruit flavors. Virtually irresistible now, this will gain complexity through at least 2022.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
95
points

Hourglass 2012 Blueline Estate Merlot (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

Serious but oh-so-delicious at the same time, this wine can be poured now or cellared through at least 2020 for more interesting nuances to emerge and for the chewy but velvety tannins to mellow. A great mix of dark cherry, tobacco, chocolate and espresso comes out in the aroma, and the flavors echo the same exciting complexity.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
94
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Burt Williams’ Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $78

The color of this wine is deep, with a bright ruby rim. Effusive and enticing aromas of spicy cinnamon, toasted oak and red cherry notes meld into black cherry and pomegranate flavors. The balance is just right, the texture is snappy, appetizing and rich at the same time and the finish lingers. Best after 2016.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
94
points

Freeman 2012 Gloria Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $54

This very substantive wine carries rich and complex flavors on a firm and lively frame. It has an exotic, perfumed aroma, and plenty of fruit flavor and firm tannins. The elements of ripe cherries, suave oak and vibrant acidity all support each other for great balance and a long finish.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
94
points

Freeman 2012 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

  1. $52

Grand in style, this layers exotic French oak aromas over ripe, vivid black cherry and cassis flavors for a compelling character from the first whiff to the lingering finish. It’s full bodied, and the vibrant acidity, oak and tannins form a great frame for all the ripe fruit.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
93
points

Williams Selyem 2012 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yorkville Highlands)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $58

This is deep and ruby in hue, while the aromas are spicy, brightly oaky and reminiscent of red cherries. Ripe yet fresh and tangy flavors recall cherries and raspberries, while a vein of darker plum comes in and lingers on the long finish. It’s serious and delightful at the same time, and will age well; delicious now, but best after 2016.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
93
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Freeman 2012 Akiko’s Cuvee Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  1. $62

Absolutely smooth and pleasantly soft on the palate, this has layers of rich fruit, subtle baking spices and touches of pine forest. Moderate acidity and fine tannins stay in the background yet lift the aroma, flavor and finish to a high level of pleasure.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
92
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Angel Camp 2012 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  1. $52

Complex and tantalizing aromas of mint and cinnamon carry over to the palate, where bright plum, red cherry and floral tones linger through the finish. The texture is very smooth since the tannins and acidity are mild and well integrated.

 — J.G.  (3/1/2015)
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