Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hammonton News: Tomasello Winery offers futuresfor first time in 79-year history (NJ)

Tomasello Winery offers futuresfor first time in 79-year history
4:35 PM, Jul. 24, 2012
Hammonton News (NJ)

For more information, contact Tomasello Winery by email at or by calling (800) MMM-Wine.

For the first time in the 79-year history of its family run vineyard and winery, Tomasello Winery has begun offering “futures” on one of its wines, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Reserve, which is scheduled for release in April 2013. The buzz surrounding this vintage and the recent showing by Tomasello Winery’s 2007 Cabernet Oak reserve in the Judgment of Princeton led to the winery’s decision to offer “futures” on the 2013 release. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Reserve is being offered on “futures” for $33.50 a bottle or for $402 a case. Orders can be placed at http://shopwine.tomasello

“We are excited about the upcoming vintage as 2010 was an incredible growing season in the Outer Coastal Plain,” said Charlie Tomasello, co-owner of Tomasello Winery. “It was the best year since 2007, and may have been the best growing season in a century. Growing conditions were optimal with a long, hot dry summer, which allowed all three varieties to fully mature. The resulting wine, still in air-dried American and French oak, is stunning with a beautiful balance of fruit, middle mouth structure and lingering tannin.”

On June 8, Tomasello Winery’s 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was entered into the Judgment of Princeton, a blind tasting matching some of the finest New Jersey wines against leading French wines, which was organized by journalist George Taber in conjunction with the American Association of Wine Economists. Taber organized the event to mirror the famous 1976 tasting in Paris which he covered as a correspondent for TIME magazine. His book, “Judgment of Paris” details that tasting which pitted then unknown California wines against the best French wines.

In Princeton, tasting in the red flight, the 2007 Tomasello Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Reserve ranked fifth behind a 2004 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 2004 Chateau Haut-Brion, another great NJ wine, the 2010 Heritage BDX and a 2004 Chateau Montrose. Finishing behind Tomasello was the 2004 Chateau Leoville Las Cases.

Tomasello Winery has been making wines in what is now the Outer Coastal Plain AVA in NJ for three generations since 1933. While having grown vitis vinifera grapes since the early 1980s, late in the 1990s Tomasello Winery initiated a planting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from which they have made a Bordeaux-style blend since 2006.

The resulting wines have been of consistent quality in favorable weather seasons with 2006, ’07, ’08 and the very promising 2010 as examples. In poor weather years, such as 2009 and 2011 (17 inches of rain and Hurricane Irene), they have chosen to declassify the wines because they are committed to releasing only their best effort.

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