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2005 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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94
IWC 92
WS 95
WA 95
Drink Dates
WA: 2009-2032 WS: 2010-2018
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

($145; 94% cabernet, 3% petit verdot and 3% merlot) Good full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black fruits, mocha, flint and hot stones, with a faint herbal nuance; slightly porty. Then fat, full and soft, in a distinctly creamy style, with flavors of dark fruits, melted dark chocolate, maple syrup and cough medicine. This reminded me of a St. Estephe wine from a very ripe year. Finishes rich, chewy and powerful, with slightly dry-edged but supple tannins and notes of mocha and crushed rock.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 174
Drink Dates 2009-2032

An absolutely gorgeous wine (900 cases produced) is the blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2005 Proprietary Red. Pure, vivid notes of black currants, crushed rocks, acacia flowers, and some subtle barrique smells are followed by a wine with hints of hot stones and a gravelly character. The wine has superb intensity, beautiful purity, and full-bodied power, but uncanny elegance and symmetry.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2010-2018

Ripe and juicy, with firm, intense, polished black cherry, wild berry, currant and black licorice flavors that are delightfully elegant and refined. The finish goes on and on. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

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Author G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.931%
Tasted On 06/01/2014

Great nose, very jammy and smooth. Decanted for an hour.

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Author Edward C731
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.795%
Tasted On 06/22/2012

Decanted for 1 hr, a bit hot on the alcohol side

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Author Hal
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.455%
Tasted On 11/26/2008

Multiple berry aromas climb from the glass. Opulent mouthfeel. Beautiful, complex texture. Smooth, long finish. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and plum.

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