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.
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.
Blend: 76% Cabernet, 9% Merlot , 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet
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