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by Fred McMillin
What Tom Wrought
...from WineDay, March 14, 1997
"My 16 tasters gave Tom's '93 red Assemblage the highest rating of the Bordeaux-varietal blends tasted in 1997."
...from WineDay, Dec. 10, 1997
My 11 tasters just gave Tom's '95 red Assemblage the highest rating of the Bordeaux-varietal blends tasted so far in 2000.
We've concluded that Tom has some talent. There was no doubt that he did in the classroom...degrees in Biology and Chemistry...grad studies at two universities...and finally a U.C.-Davis Master's in Enology.
Clearly, he's just as good in the winery. For example, in his fourth year with Concannon he won one hundred and fifty four awards and was selected Winemaker of the Year by the L.A. Times. Let's see what he says about four aspects of this wine, stature, structure, complexity and age-ability.
Stature - 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, the noblest red, from the excellent vines just outside our Tasting Room.
Structure - "l995 proved to be a 'big' year, lots of color and beaucoup tannins, wonderful flavors and spice developed with about two years in the barrel."
Complexity - "We marry Cabernet's power with Cabernet Franc's [12%] forward fruitiness and mellow Merlot's [15%] finesse."
Age-Ability - "This is our biggest structured and flavored Assemblage Red to date. Feel free to cellar it for a couple of years [to] mellow your tannins, marry your fruit, develop that lovely cedar-aged quality and achieve roundness from angularity." No wonder it is our...
Our Wine of the Day
1995 Reserve Red Assemblage, Livermore Valley
Recently I was pricing the bottles in a cellar a friend had inherited. Among the bottles was a fragile, 1945 Concannon brochure, which confirms that the winery has had good reds for some time. The yellowed pages featured a photo of a California State Fair Gold Medal and Blue Ribbon awarded to the 1938 Concannon California Claret.
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