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2000 Gemstone - Red Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Napa - Yountville - Red

USA - California - Napa - Yountville

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

Gemstone Vineyard is a small, family-owned grape grower and producer of estate wines. Although they makes a small quantity of Chardonnay, their focus is on crafting richly textured red wines from Bordeaux varietals grown on their 16 acre hillside property in the Yountville appellation of Napa Valley. Philippe Melka has been the winemaker since the 2005 vintage. The founders are Suzie and Paul... More »

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90
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2011 VF: 2002-2015
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 108
Author KMS
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.571%
Tasted On 12/25/2012
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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 03/01/2004
Drink Dates 2007-2011

This wine did not impress me from barrel (the 2001 is another story) and the wine from bottle does nothing to dispel my initial impressions. Consisting of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% each of Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine is made by Andy Smith with the talented Pam Starr consulting. This wine is no different than countless other (cheaper) Cabernets from California and other parts of the New World. Darkly hued with aromas of anise and pickle barrel, on the palate the wine is excessively acidic and lacks sufficient fruit concentration to carry the acids and tannin.

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