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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points

Sol Rouge 2011 Gypsy Rouge Estate Red (Red Hills Lake County)

  • Editors' Choice
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  1. $28

Take a walk on the wild side with this Rhône-style blend. It has wonderful, concentrated, meaty flavors backing up the wild, savory, slightly earthy aromas. Not too full-bodied, it is well-balanced in an appetizingly astringent way, complex in flavors and lingering on the finish. Blended from 76% Grenache, plus five other Rhône varietals.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Earthquake 2012 Zinfandel (Lodi)

  1. $26

This is Zinfandel at its richest. Boysenberry, vanilla and maple syrup aromas meet up with jammy fruit flavors that coat the mouth and linger on the finish. For all its fullness, it stays balanced and dry. It does not feel heavy in texture nor heavily oaked.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Michael David 2012 Rage Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)

  1. $59

Bold and beautiful, this powerful Zin has a deep, dark color that’s practically black but with a brilliant ruby rim. Brooding aromas suggest wood smoke, black pepper and boysenberry. There is an impressive density in texture, as firm tannins and acidity support the rich array of flavors.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Sol Rouge 2011 Syrah (Red Hills Lake County)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32

Complex and meaty, this deeply colored Syrah from a family estate vineyard oozes flavors of toasted oak, pepper, grilled cherries (if there is such a thing) and grilled beef. There is more going on than just fruit and oak, as the earthy-spicy tones meld with fine-grain tannins. This kept getting better hours after opening and should mature well through 2018.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Sol Rouge 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills Lake County)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32

It’s easy to fall for this seductively smooth and opulently flavored wine from a small vineyard that’s doing a lot of things right. It tastes fully ripe, with blackberry and black cherry, plus hints of chocolate and mint. It is almost soft in texture, but full-bodied, and keeps its silky mouthfeel through the finish.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Charles B. Mitchell 2012 Syrah (El Dorado)

  1. $18

This wine brings out the variety’s richness and depth of fruit flavors, while keeping the texture smooth and pleasing. It’s very firm with tannins and acidity, yet not overly full-bodied. The ripe blackberry and cassis flavors have the intensity to match the structure and make for great balance overall.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Cinnabar 2012 Sandy Lane Vineyard Mourvèdre (Contra Costa County)

  1. $42

Bold and powerful, marked by assertive toasty, cedary aromas from oak, it has a deep color, tight tannins and full body. It shows smoky oak character and almost drying tannins, but the dark cherry and blackberry flavors lie just under the surface, forming the density of an outstanding wine. Drink after 2016.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Rosa d'Oro 2012 Sangiovese (California)

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  1. $24

A true Sangiovese with texture, structure and tannin. Ample fruit and savory components begin in the aroma and spread out on the palate. It tastes dry, medium-bodied and mouthwatering in a way that is flavorful yet holds a bit of itself in reserve. Made from 77% Amador County grapes, with the rest from Yolo and Lake. Enjoy through 2017.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
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