So, I came home tonight, after walking through a snow storm, only to find my next bottle for tasting already opened. Dominique and a friend of hers had decided to start it off. I was a little disappointed and a little intrigued. I was a little dejected, because opening any bottle of wine should be a small thrill, and I had missed out on it. And a little intrigued because half the bottle was gone.
The wine in question was a Tomasello Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Outer Coastal Plains. Tomasello is an old winegrowing family, currently run by Jack and Charlie Tomasello.
In the 1930's, Frank Tomasello was a berry farmer in Hammonton, New Jersey growing raspberries, strawberries, peaches and sweet potatoes. He also had a knack for growing grapes and a passion for wine. In the 1940s, Frank brought his sons Charles and Joseph into the business. They grew their father's business into a commercial winery. They also began producing sparking wines. In the 1980s, a third generation of Tomasello's joined the business when Charles' sons Charles, Jr. and Jack came on board. Together they worked to expand the winery and revamp the vineyard. In the vineyard they planted Vinifera vines, adding Chardonnay first, than Cabernet Sauvignon three years later.