Tomasello 2013 Palmaris Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Sauvignon: A Garden State Cab Worthy of Consideration

Hello Friends,

I closed out 2017 with a number of really nice wines from the Garden State. One of those wines was Palmaris 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Tomasello Winery. Tomasello is located in Hammonton, New Jersey, situated halfway between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

The story of Tomasello Winery begins in December of 1933, when prohibition was repealed. Noted fruit grower, Frank Tomasello, jumped in his truck and drove through a snow storm to get to Washington DC, where he obtained the 68th bonded winery license after prohibition. Today, the winery is owned and operated by third-and fourth-generation family members—led by third generation winegrowers Jack and Charlie Tomasello.

Palmaris is Latin for “Prize Worthy.” It is the Reserve-line of Tomasello wines, made only in years of exceptional quality and character, and only from 100% Outer Coastal Plain fruit. The Outer Coastal Plain AVA is situated in southern New Jersey, and is where the family has 70-acres under vine. I pay attention to vintage, and can tell you, from east-coast to west, 2013 provided growers an excellent opportunity to harvest high-quality fruit. This Cabernet Sauvignon is reflective of those optimal conditions, enjoying a versatile appeal that makes it a great addition to the dinner table. It is one I recommend, as I have been impressed with a number of wines coming out of the Outer Coastal Plain appellation. This AVA flies under the radar of most wine lovers, but some very compelling wines are being grown here that are worthy of your consideration. For further information, and where you can find this wine, please check out my tasting notes below.

"Truly great wines require something more, something our family has cultivated alongside our 70-acres of premium varietals since 1933—Hard work and Passion. ~ Tomasello Winery 

Tomasello 2013 Palmaris Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (SRP $40): Composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, this wine is packed with lifted flavors of mixed berry fruits graced by hints of sweet pipe tobacco, some savory herb and spice complexities, and a tinge of new leather. Crafted with your dinner table in mind, this wine is medium-bodied and supple in texture, with fine-grained tannins lending grip on the medium-long pleasing finish. Well-placed acidity ties everything together, giving this wine a welcoming sense of freshness. This wine is still in its youth and will benefit from a short period of time (30-45 minutes) in your favorite decanter. The rear label best wraps it up: “We hope that you will enjoy this fine wine with a fine meal and in the company of good friends.” I wholeheartedly agree and followed the advice myself. Region: Outer Coastal Plain, New Jersey. Other info: ABV 13.6%, matured in a combination of French and American oak for 28 months, natural cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.



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