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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Bodkin 2013 Musqué Clone Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)

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The label on this impressively balanced, vital and complete Sauvignon Blanc would have been at home on a medieval knight’s table. The wine is fresh, concentrated and seamlessly melds bright citrus and lightly herbal aromas into a lively grapefruit and crisp apple character that expands on the palate and lingers on the finish.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
92
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Lazy Creek 2012 Gewürztraminer (Anderson Valley)

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This tiny-production, Alsace-style, dry wine combines vivid, spicy flavors with a sophisticated texture and lingering finish. The bold rose-petal and exotic fruit notes melt into a softly balanced mélange that lingers long on the finish. Delicious now through 2018.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
91
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Bodkin 2013 The Victor's Spoils Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County)

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  1. $17
Fans of Sancerre will love this complex, lean and lively Sauvignon. The color is a light straw-yellow and aromas recall grapefruit and lime. Flavors of bright, tangy citrus continue on the palate, with a note of white pepper. The snappy balance and lithe texture keeps everything echoing on the finish.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
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Navarro 2012 Pinot Gris (Anderson Valley)

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Rich but lively and dry, this wine packs a potpourri of spices and citrus fruits in its aromas and flavors, carrying them through to a lingering finish. Substantial and appetizing as an apéritif and excellent with seafood.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
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Carol Shelton 2013 Wild Thing Rendezvous Rosé (Mendocino)

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This substantial dry rosé, mostly made from Carignane grapes, is extremely rich in color. Likewise, the flavors have plenty of juicy red wine notes like cherry, raspberry and earthy spices, and it balances well between good acidity and creamy viscosity. It can almost substitute for a red wine, and will add depth to occasions with equally flavorful food.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
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McFadden Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Made With Organically Grown Grapes Gewürztraminer (Potter Valley)

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Definitely dry, this wine conveys precise rose petal, lychee fruit and Gravenstein apple aromas and flavors and a lively texture. Because it’s rich in body, flavors linger on the finish. It will make a great apéritif with such appetizers as goat cheese toasts and roasted almonds.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
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McFadden Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Made With Organically Grown Grapes Pinot Gris (Potter Valley)

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Distinctive citrus and wild sage aromas and a dazzlingly crisp balance characterize this wine. Clean, bracing fruit flavors linger on the lively finish. Grown in a small organic vineyard, this brings authenticity at a very reasonable price.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
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Navarro 2012 Estate Bottled Dry Gewürztraminer (Anderson Valley)

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Flavorful and sophisticated at the same time, this wine combines honey, peach, orange and clove flavors for an experience that’s not blatantly fruity, and not sweet, but delightful. Try it with Thai, Chinese, roast pork or at any outdoor occasion.  — J.G.  (8/1/2014)
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