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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Lazy Creek 2012 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $42
Full-bodied and generously flavorful, this is shaped and accented by oak influences, but still governed by rich, enticing flavors of ripe plum, dark cherry, blackberry and cinnamon. It features great depth of flavor, breadth in the silky texture and length on the finish. Best now through 2020.  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
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Cattleya 2012 Soberanes Vineyard Syrah (Santa Lucia Highlands)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $70
This complex Syrah has a surprisingly deep, dark red color, almost like a Port, but it’s not nearly as heavy as it looks. It boasts intricate flavors, a firm but not fat structure, and signature cool-climate Syrah characteristics of black pepper, wood smoke, plum and grilled meat flavors. Medium-bodied and silky textured, it sips smoothly and leaves you wanting more.  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
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Dutton-Goldfield 2012 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $58
A purely delicious fruit personality makes this single-vineyard Pinot stand out from the crowd of oak bombs. It has an unusually deep, dark color for a Pinot Noir and it stays a rich red on the rim. It’s medium to full-bodied but not at all heavy. A vein of tannin and berrylike acidity lifts the rich, ripe plum and black cherry flavors on the palate and through the…  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
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Donum 2011 Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $72
The deep, dark color matches the deep, rich fruit and oak aromas, and the ripe, resounding dark cherry and cola flavors that follow. This is powerful, full-bodied Pinot Noir for a special occasion, maybe now, but there is no hurry. Should improve through 2020.  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
93
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Ferrari-Carano 2012 Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  1. $55
Rich and structured, this is a grand wine for a grand occasion. It starts with a deep ruby color that stays dark almost to the edge of the glass. Flavors of dark cherry and pomegranate are vivid, deep and delicious. The combo of lively acid and firm tannin holds it all together for a lingering finish.  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
93
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Goldeneye 2011 Confluence Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  1. $80
The standout of Goldeneye’s 2011 offerings, this features a deep smoky ruby color and seductive aromas of grilled baguette, pine forest and cinnamon. The toasty oak character is harmoniously integrated with deep cherry, rhubarb and baking spice flavors. The oak influence is very prominent, yet the deep, enticing Pinot essence stays strong enough to support it.  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
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Cattleya 2012 Pratt Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)

  1. $70
An all-out California Chardonnay in a creamy, plush and fruity style. Brilliant yellow gold color foreshadows the ripe pear, apple, vanilla and butter aromas. Flavors are complex and layered with almond, fig and cream. Very full and soft in texture, it has just enough fresh acidity to keep it lively on the finish.  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
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Ferrari-Carano 2012 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

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  1. $34
Smooth, harmonious and seductive, this full-bodied but elegantly structured Pinot has deep red color and lots of fresh, ripe fruit flavor. It offers a texture as smooth as silk and a finish that lingers for 30 seconds. Vibrant acidity and firm tannins help to keep it fresh and vital. Enjoy now through 2018.  — J.G.  (10/1/2014)
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