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2004 GEMSTONE VINEYARD
Red Wine

Winemaking Information
The Gemstone Vineyard is a winemakers delight. Situated in the Yountville AVA on the Rector Creek alluvial fan, it contains a diverse selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot grapes with numerous clonal selections within these varietals. Each of these grapes are vinified and kept separate for evaluation prior to blending. Only those components judged to be stand alone quality are used in the blend, which results in a wine of phenomenal depth, richness and varietals character. The close collaboration of vineyard and winery is at the heart of our winemaking philosophy.

Tasting Notes
Aromas are primarily of blackberry and raspberry with a hint of vanilla, nutmeg and violets. On the palate, there is an effusive fruitiness underlain by raspberry liqueur and cassis. The tannins are extremely velvety giving the wine a lush, mouth filling richness with a long finish. Oak plays a minor but important role, adding richness and structure to the blend.

Production Notes
Blend: 76% Cabernet, 9% Merlot , 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc
Tons per acre: 2.5 to 3
Number of cases: 253 Cases
Barrel Aging: 24 months in French Oak – 90% new barrels
Brix it was picked at: 24.1 to 25.5