Great wines aren’t just made, they’re grown.  Tom Gore has followed in his father’s footsteps, working every harvest since age 7 to become the farmer he is today growing exceptional grapes and making great wines.  You can taste the craft of careful farming in every glass of this velvety Cabernet Sauvignon with flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate.

For this review, I had help from my good friend Miss Jonelle and her keen wine tasting palate.

We tasted the 2013 vintage of this California Cabernet.

It had been awhile since I’d had the perspective of a female tasting partner, so I was very happy to have her help me with this review.

As we proceeded through the review we soon discovered differences in our opinions of this wine.


Upon pouring, we quickly saw that this wine was very dark in color.

We described it as dark ruby with a garnet colored rim.

The wine’s legs developed slowly and were thin, evenly spaced and numerous.


On the nose we encountered a little tobacco and another subtle aroma that we couldn’t quite place.

After giving it some thought and a few more sniffs we came up with pomegranate.

The alcohol in the aroma was noticeable.  We called it a medium non-offensive sting to the nose.

Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon alcohol content 13.5% by volume per the bottle.

Overall, the aroma is light with this wine.


For Jonelle, there weren’t any significant fruits or flavors that came through.  She noted that the wine was dry to her and the taste did not jump out, much like the aroma.

For myself, I found the wine’s taste to be subdued with perhaps some subtle mocha or black cherry.

I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn’t much alcohol in the taste and called the wine “juicy.”

Mouthfeel & Tannins

For Jonelle, the mouthfeel was dominated by the wine’s tannins.  She called them moderate and said they made her tongue feel all tingly.  She especially noted the wine’s effect on the tip of her tongue.

For me, I called the mouthfeel milky and felt the tannins were more soft.

We clearly had different experiences.  Neither right nor wrong, just different.


We both agreed the wine finished long.

For her the finish was carried by the tannins and for me it was carried by the flavor.

Overall Opinion

Overall, Jonelle didn’t really care for this wine.  She said she was a little overwhelmed by the tannins.

I liked it quite a bit.  I felt it had great drink-ability and strength in its subtlety of flavor.  I also really enjoyed the juiciness of this wine.

Having said that, if you gravitate to a big bold flavorful Cabernet, then this wine may not be for you.  It’s much softer, in my opinion.

Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon price $12.99.


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Jon is the creator and owner of Honest Wine Reviews, a website that reviews today's popular wines and wine clubs. His book, "Wine With Friends - 25 Recommended Wines to Serve and Share" is now available on Amazon.

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