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1999 GEMSTONE VINEYARD
Red Wine

Winemaking Information
The Gemstone Vineyard is a winemaker's 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 separately 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 varietal character. The close collaboration of vineyard and winery is at the heart of our winemaking philosophy.

Tasting Notes
Black currants, cassis, leather and spice aromas. Full bodied flavors of rich black fruit with minty and herbal overtones. Mild tannins with a long and complex finish.

Production Notes
Blend: 80% Cabernet, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot
Tons per acre: 2.78 to 3.5
Number of six packs: 849
Barrel Aging: 24 months in French Oak – 75% new barrels
Brix it was picked at: 23.8 to 24.6
Alcohol: 13.8%
Release Date: September 1, 2002