Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tom Gore, Somoma's 'Farmer Winemaker' by Philip S. Kampe

Who is Tom Gore?

I just finished watching a short clip of his life story.  Tom Gore would be considered a winemaking farmer. His story begins, in the video, as Mr. Gore begins his life as a hardworking farmer. .One scene depicts Tom, driving his deceased fathers pick up truck. The link is obvious, Tom’s father taught Tom what he knows today.

Tom says, ‘it is all about soil and weather.’

Tom has taken this philosophy one step further and tells the farmers story through wine.

Tom’s says his true passion is grapes. Since he was three he wanted to become a grape farmer.

‘Truth be told, grapes are my greatest passion. After so many years, I’ve learned that every decision you make in the vineyard can affect the quality and flavor of the grapes. So, I craft grapes, using meticulous farming techniques. In the end, it’s a difference you can taste in the glass.’

With this point of view and the opportunity to sample two of Tom’s wine, I took the challenge. The two wines were the latest releases, the  2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon.


                           Below are Tom's wines, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and the
                                  2014 Chardonnay, both from Sonoma (California)

After opening the Chardonnay, the aromatics of the wine overpowered my senses. It is obvious that Tom Gore understands the importance of a grape and what to do to it as it ages. The Chardonnay, from Sonoma, has a perfect, lively amount of acidity, which balances the creamy, velvety texture of the wine. Tropical aromas abound, highlighted by tropical fruit, such as papaya, mango, asian pear and kiwi. The 2014 Chardonnay is a unique interpretation and a wine that is worth trying.

The second wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has intense concentrated dark fruit on the palate with hints of expresso, nutella and blackcurrant. The wine is glycerol and lingers on the palate. It’s medium body is soft, lacks heavy tannins and is a pleasure for the palate. The aromatics are somewhat tame, lots of concentrated dark fruit with a faint bouquet of vanilla.

Tom Gore Vineyards is the home of ‘A Farmer’s Wine’. Visit his website to learn more about this interesting winemaker: www.tomgorevineyards.com

Philip S. Kampe

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