Wine Enthusiast Magazine Interview, May 2016
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Jeff Gordon Carneros Chardonnay Finishes at the Top of the List for "Best Sonoma Chardonnay"
New York, NY, (April 2, 2015) – TheFiftyBest.com, rating the finest in wines and spirits, has for the first time shined its spotlight on Chardonnay wines from Sonoma, California. The Fifty Best recently hosted a tasting of recent release Chardonnays where 20 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Sonoma Chardonnay” awards for 2015.
TheFiftyBest.com is very pleased to announce that Jeff Gordon Cellars 2012 Carneros Chardonnay was awarded a Double-Gold medal.
Using professional criteria, the pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the wines and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system, with 5 being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges' impressions.
TheFiftyBest.com is an award-winning online guide to fine living, featuring rated listings from unbiased surveys and proprietary tastings judged by wine/spirits journalists, wine/spirits professionals, sommeliers, retailers, restaurateurs and connoisseurs. Adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology, TheFiftyBest.com achieves the highest standards of wine and spirits evaluation.
Leveroni Vineyards, just south of the town of Sonoma and planted in the 1970’s, provides the ripe grapes for this wine that was barrel fermented.
Aroma: Green apple, pear, grapefruit, citrus, lime juice, vanilla, baked flatbread, light oak.
Palate: Green apple, apple, pear, red grapefruit, lime, honey, creamy, full mouthfeel, high acid.
Finish: Berry, ripe fruit, full flavored, well balanced, strong close, nice, lovely, very elegant.
See the complete list of winners at www.thefiftybest.com/wine/best_sonoma_chardonnay.
Recent reviews from the Beverage Testing Institute
92 • Jeff Gordon Collection 2006 "Joie de Vivre", Napa Valley
Ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, cocoa, and pickling spices with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length pomegranates, sundried tomato, peppery spices, and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A brawny, oak accented red.
91 • Jeff Gordon Collection 2010 "Leo" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Ruby color. Aromas of cassis pie, pickling spices, and honeyed yams with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length cocoa, cedar, caramelized Meyer lemon, and pepper finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lively, appetizing Napa cabernet.
90 • Jeff Gordon Collection 2011 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Ruby black color. Rich aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, pickled beets, and chocolate nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish with impressions of praline and blood orange with fine tannins and light oak. A delicious, mouthwatering pinot noir.
89 • Jeff Gordon Collection 2011"Joie de Vivre", Napa Valley
Violet color. Bright aromas of waxy chocolate nuts, dark berry pie crust, and pickling spices with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy craisin, vanilla cream, and nutskin finish with crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated red that will blossom in a few years.
88 • Jeff Gordon Collection 2011 Chardonnay, Carneros
Bright gold color. Bold, toasty aromas and flavors of coconut soufflé and pineapple upside down cake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of vanilla creme brulee, apple tart, and caramelized nuts with silky tannins and moderate oak. A well oaked chardonnay.
JEFF GORDON COLLECTION WINES NOW AVAILABLE IN LAS VEGAS EXCLUSIVELY AT CAESARS PALACE
Napa, Calif. (December 3, 2014) — Jeff Gordon’s rarely distributed Napa and Sonoma wines now have a home on the Las Vegas Strip. Jeff Gordon Cellars is working exclusively with Caesars Entertainment Corporation to launch the brand in the Entertainment Capital of the World, debuting in Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace.
Jeff Gordon Cellars Director, Chrisy Gallagher, and Old Homestead Sommelier, Patty Beck, have created a program where guests can experience four wines to compliment the iconic menu selections at the Las Vegas outpost of New York City’s 146 year-old steakhouse.
“We are thrilled to have a home in Las Vegas at Caesars,” said Gallagher. “The impeccable cuisine, friendly atmosphere and enthusiastic staff at Old Homestead Steakhouse are a perfect match for our wines. Our hope is that guests from all over the globe will enjoy this food and wine pairing when visiting Caesars Palace.”
The restaurant is featuring a full page Jeff Gordon Cellars insert in their extensive wine list, highlighting the aspects of each varietal: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Joie de Vivre Red Blend, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Carneros Chardonnay. In addition to by-the-bottle availability, the Cabernet and Pinot Noir are available for by-the-glass consumption and the Cabernet has also been added to the restaurant’s flight program.
“Jeff Gordon is a master at what he does on the racetrack, and he is also an incredible vintner,” said Beck. “He works with talented winemakers and renowned vineyards, which reflects in the exceptional quality of his wines. Caesars is excited to be the exclusive restaurant outlet in Las Vegas for Jeff Gordon Cellars. We know our guests will be as fond of the wines as we are.”
Visit the Old Homestead Steakhouse in Caesars Palace Las Vegas to experience this incredible wine program!
2014 Sommelier Challenge Competition Awards
Sommeliers' Platinum 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $65.00 95 Points
Jeff Gordon's 2009 Cabernet is a seamless expression of classic Napa Valley Cabernet, and with enough years in the bottle that it has developed an inviting bouquet of violets, spice and bright fruit. On the palate it delivers smooth, rich red and black fruit aromas, with a dazzling finish that seems to last forever. Judges at the 2014 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition awarded it a platinum medal. ~Robert Whitley
Sommeliers' Gold 2012 Carneros Chardonnay $42.00 90 Points
Sommeliers' Gold 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $50.00 90 Points
2014 Indy International Competition Awards
"Best of Class", Double Gold 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $65.00
"Best of Class", Double Gold 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $50.00
Gold 2012 Carneros Chardonnay $42.00
2014 Critics Challenge Competition Awards
Critics Platinum 2012 Chardonnay Carneros $42.00 99 Points
Medium straw color; intense dried peach aroma, apple core fruit, pretty fine; medium bodied, thick and glycerol on the palate; ripe and creamy core fruit flavors, oaky; plenty of fruit in the aftertaste. - Wilfred Wong
This outstanding Chardonnay is built on a core of very flavorful fruit, and indeed it is the energy and flavor impact of the fruit that keeps the wine's oak in balance and makes the whole package so successful. Accent notes of spices, toast and roasted nuts work beautifully against the backdrop of white and yellow peaches. - Michael Franz
Critics Platinum 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $65.00 94 Points
Built to last, with sturdy tannin and acid structure, it offers deep cassis and plum fruit, sweet vanillin and oak spice, and fabulous integration. Supple and integrated, it finishes quite long and juicy, with an intriguing hint of bramble. Bravo! - Linda Murphy
This wine is sourced mainly from the famed Stagecoach vineyard in Napa Valley, and it lives up to its pedigree with style and elegance. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, saddle, dusty minerality, vanilla and mild baking spices are translated directly to flavors on the palate, with bright acidity and a firm tannic grip holding everything together through the long complex finish. Bring on the prime rib! - Rich Cook
Critics Gold 2011 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $50.00 91 Points
Although it's a bit on the atypical side, there's also an air of sharing high tea with berry side dishes, all held in a flower garden. You'll need to like pepper and herbs (and complexity) to approach this wine. - Joe Roberts
What our clients say about us...
"Big fan of the Chardonnay!" ~Kareena B.
"My sister and I just did a wine tasting/comparison with the Jeff Gordon 2008 Joie de Vivre and the Groth Vineyards and Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Groth is our favorite winery and one of the premium wineries in the Napa Valley. We determined that the JG wine is as good as the Groth." ~Carol
"This is the best wine you can get. My last bottle is even autographed......That one will never be drank." ~Phyllis R.
"My husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day with a steak dinner cooked at home (my husband has perfected filet mignon) with a bottle of Jeff Gordon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Wanted you to know that we enjoyed it immensely. It was very good. We bought 3 bottles of wine for a special Christmas gift and we were not disappointed at all." ~L.B.
"Had the opportunity to taste the Pinot over New Years with friends and fellow fans, enjoyed the wine with scallops and scampi, nice combination!! Didn't realize how rare the wines were and nowhere close to buy them locally, hope to join the club very soon!" ~Kevin H.
"Your cabernet is delicious! I enjoy it with a nice steak dinner and relaxing music...the perfect treat!" ~Janice D.
"I am more than happy to pay a little more than I normally would for your wine as it is exceptional. Happy to have it available to order online...very convenient. I am looking forward to joining your wine club too." ~Chris L.
"My first bottle of Jeff Gordon wine (Chardonnay) was purchased as a gift for my son, who is a HUGE fan of #24. I was expecting a so-so wine, that it was simply a souvenir. I was very pleasantly surprised. The Chardonnay was one of the best I'd ever had. Since then, we have purchased several bottles from Buffalo Shipping Post and now directly from you. Thanks, and look forward to purchasing many more!" ~Mike C.
"I served the 2006 Chardonnay with dinner tonight and WOW! It resembles liquid gold in a glass. The bouquet is subtle but teasingly sweet and leaves one with a surprising bite and a delightful buzz. The flavor is exceptional and second to none I have ever tasted. It was certainly worth the wait for your license to ship to Virginia to clear. But since it is a Jeff Gordon product I expected nothing less than perfection and that is exactly what I got. I have already sent the link to your site to all of those in my address book who I am sure will become future customers. Thank you for a superb wine." ~Dolores A.
"My absolute favorite Pinot Noir is Jeff Gordon's. It has amazing fruit flavor and a nice finish. I can't wait to try the new Ella Sofia vintage!" ~Jacob W.
"I have loved Jeff Gordon Collection wines since the very first bottle I tasted. Simply delightful, great quality." ~ Kim J.
"I have only bought the Ella Sofia Chardonnay. It was wonderful and I would buy it again. I am eager to try some other wines." ~Jennifer L.
"We love our Jeff Gordon wines. Have emptied the Rose' bottle and loved the light, cool and refreshing taste especially during our hot summer." ~Robin F.