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.
The 2005 Gemstone Red Wine is brilliant, ruby-red in color.
Aromas are of black cherry, sweet spice and toasty oak. On
the palate, plum and blackberry dominate the forward fruit
and the wine is of medium weight, smooth from start to finish
with mild, well-integrated tannins and refreshing acidity.
Enjoy for the next ten years or more!
Blend: 68% Cabernet, 20% Merlot , 12% Cabernet Franc
Tons per acre: 2.5
Number of cases: 230
Barrel Aging: 22 months in French Oak - 90% new barrels
Brix it was picked at: 24.1 to 25.5