Jordan Winery

25 New Red and White Wines From 6 Countries

Included are wines from Corsica, Portugal, and… Malibu?
Jordan Winery

Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, California.

After enjoying the refreshing white and rosé wines of springtime, it’s time to diversify our drinking by opening a mixed cache of wines, including just-released premium reds, mostly from California.

Locations “Corse” Corsican White Wine NV ($19). Pleasant drinking — floral with some fruitiness, especially pear, and good finish.

Swanson San Benito Pinot Grigio 2016 ($21). Typical pinot grigio flavors with good balance and closing acidity.

Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ($22). Crisp flavors of gooseberry and lime, pleasant and not severe.

Bird in Hand Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015 ($25). Good balance of fresh fruitiness, crisp finish, and integrated oak — and a bargain.

Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015 ($33). Quite good, with lots of flavors of apples and a crisp, minerally finish.

Sidebar Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($34). Full and herbal; a little slack in the middle, but with a good zip in the finish.

Graffigna Argentina Malbec 2015 ($10). A Côtes-du-Rhône-style red, easy drinking, with fresh fruit and savory notes.

Murcas Minas Douro Red 2015 ($10). A big wine with figs and raisiny fruit, best sipped and not quaffed.

Concha y Toro Ribera del Tinguiririca Marchigue Malbec 2014 ($17). Juicy, with red fruit flavors, considerable tannins, and a little tanginess.

Saved California Red Wine 2014 ($21). Forward purple fruitiness and a touch of brown butter — big, at 15 percent alcohol.

Sidebar Russian River Valley Red Field Blend 2015 ($27). Rich and long, concentrated but not heavy, with raspberry flavors and buttermilky tanginess.

Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($30). Smooth and creamy fruit, well-rounded, with notes of chocolate in the finish.

Bird in Hand Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2015 ($30). Complex purple fruits with a little floral lavender, earthy chocolate, a touch of garrigue, and some chocolate — complex and enticing.

Graffigna Santiago Graffigna San Juan Red Wine 2014 ($34). A malbec-cabernet-syrah blend that is a good food wine, full of blackberries, with tart edges yet a finishing creaminess.

FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015 ($38). Soft and powdery pastel with Bing cherry juiciness and moderate acidity at the end.

Dolin “The Blue Note” Malibu Coast Red Wine 2012 ($45). A Bordeaux-style blend with red and purple fruits, good concentration without being extracted, and hints of chocolate in the finish.

Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($52). Lots of appetite-stimulating tart fruit flavors with blackberry and assorted dried fruit flavors.

Beaulieu Vineyard “Tapestry” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($54). Rounded but firm ripe fruit and barrel toastiness with good tannins.

Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($70). Very, very rich and satisfying, although not heavy, with ripe, juicy blackberry character, integrated tannins, and long finish.

Stony Hill Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($70). Very good, resembling a classic Left Bank cru Bordeaux with lean, complex fruit flavors and a savory finish.

Bird in Hand “Nest Egg” Mt. Lofty Ranges Shiraz 2013 ($85). Complex and tannic with big and tight fruitiness — mainly dried blackberries — and some savory notes.

Gamble Paramount Napa Valley Red Wine 2013 ($90). A lean, charming wine with lots of purple fruit, chocolate tannins, and great length.

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Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($145). A very smooth-drinking and sophisticated wine with ripe cherry flavors and a finish of well-integrated, chocolate-like tannins.