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.
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.
Blend: 80% Cabernet, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petite
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
Release Date: September 1, 2002