Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

Tom Gore Cabernet and Chardonnay

Tom Gore Cabernet and Chardonnay

Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay – Safeway $12.99 or $11.70 for 6 pack price

This is our first look at wines from Tom Gore Vineyards. I discovered the Tom Gore label reading the Napa Valley Register’s Tom Simoneau’s Top Wines of 2015. Tom picked the Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 as his Best Buy Red. Tom says: “Not sure how you can make a wine this good at that price.” Very intriguing, I thought, and immediately checked the Tom Gore Vineyards Website. Turns out Tom Gore is a second generation vineyard grower in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. Apparently, this is Tom’s first venture into the winemaking business. The Tom Gore Website has a great feature with a “Where to Buy” database. I found that the Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were available at several Safeway stores near me.

Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon California 2013

The Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon is labeled as “California” meaning that the grapes that went into this wine were from a mix of vineyards in California. This was rather surprising, since Tom Gore’s vineyards are in the Alexander Valley. Having California on the label does not tell us very much. If the wine had Sonoma on the label we would know by law that 85% of the wine had to be made from Sonoma AVA. So the grapes for this wine might be from the central coast, north coast, Sonoma; we don’t really know. The spec sheet for this wine does not detail the vineyards. I found this Tom Gore Vineyards Cab to be an okay Cabernet for the price. I did not find much depth to the wine and it was short on finish or aftertaste. I like to taste a wine long after my sip. I think the Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet is a better wine for just about the same price. If you shop at the Safeway, you may want to give this wine a try. Not bad, but not great. 87 Points.

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Tom Gore Chardonnay California 2013

I found the Tom Gore Chardonnay much more to my liking than the Tom Gore Cab. The Chardonnay was fermented in 65% oak barrel and 35% stainless steel. It has a great balance of acidity and oak and is a fresh, clean Chardonnay. I also get enough fresh fruit, mostly apple, to really like sipping the wine. This Chardonnay wine works because it is moderate on the oak and creaminess, making it a versatile white wine for food.  I like it enough to go back to my Safeway for more. I never know how much Safeway will charge for a wine once their announced wine sale is over. If it remains at $12.99, this Chardonnay is a very good deal and I rate it at 89 Points.

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