Jim Gordon

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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Schramsberg 1999 J. Schram 50 Late Disgorged Sparkling (North Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $175

Like a pastry shop in a glass, this rare treat of a well-aged bubbly smells of cream, butter and nutmeg, and tastes like baked apples, almonds and vanilla. Although not sweet, its generous fruit, spice and nut nuances build on the crisp but smooth texture and linger on the finish. From a cool vintage that produced long-lived wines, this is irresistible now but…

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
96
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Roederer Estate 2005 L’Ermitage Brut Sparkling (Anderson Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $48

This impressive bubbly has apple, caramel and toffee aromas, melt-in-the-mouth Bosc pear and spice rack flavors, a rich but firm texture, and long finish. It possesses amazing liveliness, body and depth, and seems to reveal more nuances and freshness with each sip. While terrific to drink now, it can be cellared through at least 2020.

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
95
points

Hoopes 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

Bold but sophisticated, this has classic, concentrated Napa aromas and flavors. A luscious, velvety mouthfeel through to a lingering finish. The aroma combines cedar and spice-rack notes with fresh berries and black currants. Flavors are influenced by suave, spicy oak accents that weave in and out of the compelling ripe fruit. It’s beautiful to drink now, but will…

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
95
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Liparita 2012 V Block Cabernet Sauvignon (Yountville)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $60

This incredibly tasty wine seems to melt in the mouth. Classic aromas of cinnamon, black cherry and cedar becomes more chocolaty on the palate as layers of cocoa, dark plum and toasted baguette unfold. Its texture is so velvety that the fine-grained tannins seem to dissolve as you sip, while still providing a slight grip that counteracts the richness and full body…

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
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MacPhail 2012 Anderson Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $49

High-toned, fragrant, toasted oak nuances meld beautifully with delicious black cherry aromas and flavors in this well-balanced, abundantly proportioned wine. It is full bodied, opulent in texture, with enough fine-grained tannin and acidity to support the high level of ripeness. It keeps demanding another sip.

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
points

MacPhail 2012 Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $49

The exotic, earthy aspects of Pinot come out in this rich and enticing example. Aromas captivate with elements of rich fruit, toasted oak, wood smoke, forest floor and cola. The mouthfeel is broad and supple, the favors ripe, spicy and intricate, weaving together savory notes, dark fruits and exotic spices. All the layers linger on the long finish.

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
points

Phillips Hill 2012 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $45

A brilliant red color and enticing spicy oak aromas first beg for attention, and then great spice and fruit flavors and a vivid texture take over. Nutmeg, clove, black cherry and a hint of black tea fill out the flavor spectrum. This wine has firm tannins, lively acidity and a sense of elegance with depth that is compelling.

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
94
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Renwood 2012 Grand Wren Zinfandel (Amador County)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $100

This superripe and supersmooth wine packs in extra layers of flavor of boysenberry and anise between stacks of blackberry and ripe strawberry, all while staying supported by fine but firm tannins and vibrant acidity. Very full in body, it is still appetizingly dry, balanced for serving at a special meal, and very rewarding to drink now through 2022.

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
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