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Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

Cabernet sauvignon

Good wine, but I suspect most Americans (and more than a few Canadians) would like it far more than I do. It's got that polished, smooth, engineered mass-appeal thing going on. And that can be a big virtue if what you're after is a solidly made red that will taste nice in the absence of food and that doesn't guilt you into deep meditations about terroir and the importance of free-draining gravel soils on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Creamy texture here, with soft, currant-like fruit coated in caramel and chocolate. Well-executed. Available for $19.99 in British Columbia, various prices in Alberta, $19.99 in Manitoba, $24.99 in Nova Scotia, $23.40 in Newfoundland.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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