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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Roederer Estate 2006 L’Ermitage Sparkling (Anderson Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $48

All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that…

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
96
points

Roederer Estate 2006 L’Ermitage Rose Sparkling (Anderson Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $65

Bubbly doesn’t get much better than this elegant, grand and sumptuous rosé. The color is pale salmon, while aromas showcase an exotic blend of spices and flowers. The flavor is vivid and enticing but not as simple as just saying cherries and ginger. Though this is dry, it’s so mature and rich that it almost tastes sweet. A wonderful, ginger-cookie flavor lingers a…

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
95
points

Schramsberg 2006 J. Schram Sparkling (North Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $110

This is a well-aged, reserve-style sparkling wine that is one of California’s best. It delivers abundant and distinctive flavors without losing its cool. The wine has attractively smoky, toasty and perfectly mature fruit aromas, and unfolds into complex, spicy and appealingly earthy flavors. The texture is plush and the finish long and smooth.

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
94
points

Dutton-Goldfield 2012 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Marin County)

  1. $58

A distinctive, elegant and exotic Pinot Noir that wins you over with fruit character and a vibrant mouthfeel rather than flashy oak. It is deeply colored, medium-bodied, has saturated flavors of black cherry and boysenberry, and hints of forest floor and tea leaves.

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
94
points

FEL 2012 Spiritus Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  1. $90

Very delicious in a lavish but controlled way. It has a deep color, toasty oak aromas, lots of depth and texture along with richness and complexity in fruit flavor. It’s a full-bodied wine but carries it well due to good acidity and refined, supportive tannins.

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
94
points

Saintsbury 2012 Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $47

The bright personality of Pinot comes out beautifully in this balanced, polished, medium-bodied and flavorful version. It smells like cinnamon and red cherries and tastes tangy but smooth textured. The delicious blend of fruit and spice lingers on the finish.

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
93
points

FEL 2012 Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  1. $65

Big but well-balanced, this offers a deep, dark garnet color and slightly smoky, toasty aromas. A richly textured mouthfeel supports ripe, black plum and cherry flavors. It has a sophisticated and tasty oak influence, full body, fine tannins and layers of spice and fruit that linger long on the finish.

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
93
points

Schramsberg 2010 Brut Rosé Sparkling (North Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $43

You can taste the craftsmanship in this beautiful wine. The color is a brilliant light copper, the aromas and flavors remind you that the wine is made from 75% Pinot Noir, with cherry and cinnamon notes delicately coming through. A hint of fresh baked bread comes out on the palate and stays on the finish. Very tasty, and elegant in style.

 — J.G.  (12/1/2014)
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