TOM GORE wines — there are just three: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Reserve Field Blend — demonstrate the passion this California grower has for cultivating grapes. Besides overseeing his own wines, Tom Gore is Constellation Brand’s director of vineyards for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. (Constellation Brands owns an impressive portfolio of wineries including Robert Mondavi Winery, Franciscan Estate, Simi, Ravenswood and Clos du Bois.) Gore is the son of a grape grower. He grew up in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley and always dreamed of growing wine grapes like his father. Gore calls his personal brand “A Farmer’s Wine.” The wines are complex and delicious. Metro Detroit Kroger stores sell them. Examine a bottle: There is something home-crafted about the straight-forward signed labels that tells you a guy named Tom Gore really had his hands in its production.
Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California 2013, $15: Intense, concentrated dark berry flavors, juicy acidity, supple tannins, seamless infusion of oak: It’s positively delicious. It spent 16 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. It has plenty of body, plenty of fruit.
Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay California 2014, $13: Good integration of oak and sturdy acidity enhance flavors of Gala apple, pear, citrus and tropical tones. It has a creamy texture and finishes with a subtle streak of minerality. It’s fermented in a combination of oak and stainless steel with a kiss of Sauvignon Blanc.
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