Wine Wednesday: Tom Gore Vineyards
Welcome once again to Wine Wednesday. In this installment, we try two of the offerings from Tom Gore Vineyards. Tom Gore, a second-generation grape farmer from Sonoma County, emphasizes the agricultural side of the wine making process and produces a series of “farmer’s wines”. The results are as tasty as they are affordable.
Tom Gore Chardonnay 2013 California
Fermentation: 65% oak barrel, 35% stainless steel
Notes on the vintage:
2013 opened with mild spring temperatures. Throughout the season, the grapes matured slowly, but steadily, achieving full flavor development and tannin maturity at harvest. – Tom Gore Vineyards
Fresh, fruity nose
Lightly oaky. Nice fall fruit: pear, green apple — think a nice crisp granny smith. Very nice, not sweet at all. Just the right level of acidity.
Clean, non-lingering palate. Doesn’t cling, washes right down.
Tom Gore Field Blend 2012 Alexander Valley
Aged 22 months in French oak barrels.
Notes on the Vintage:
Weather conditions during the 2012 bloom yielded a larger than average crop. The grapes ripened very slowly, resulting in flavorful, well-balanced wines. – Tom Gore Vineyards
Beautiful, deep, dark, inky red. Cloudy almost, nebulous.
Smells like an autumn evening, I’m imagining cool air, woolen sweaters and the ritual of burning of fall leaves while I sniff this.
Coffee grinds, hints of early-in-the-season cherries that are not even sweet yet. This is not an overly fruity red and I love that. Nice tannins, but doesn’t dry you out. This is everything that makes your mouth water for a red wine. I’m battling sinus issues while I write this and I’m still in love with this wine. This would be a phenomenal match for a grilled strip-steak
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