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2001 Gemstone - Red 750ml
2001 Gemstone - Red
USA - California - Napa - Yountville
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2001 Gemstone - Red
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International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 114

($90; cabernet sauvignon blended with 7% merlot and 6% cabernet franc) Full medium ruby. Roasted, musky aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate, mocha, licorice and shoe polish. Lush, sweet and concentrated, with superripe, sappy flavors of cassis and menthol. Conveys an impression of strong extract. Finishes with fine, building tannins and very persistent dark fruit flavor.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 157

A fabulous effort, Gemstone's 2001 is a 642-case blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Proprietor Paul Frank (a former jeweler, hence the name) has turned a great winemaker loose, resulting in a powerful, rich red with a French-like elegance and complexity. Its deep purple color is accompanied by a sweet, complex nose of spice box, creme de cassis, anise, and white flowers. Dense, full-bodied, restrained, and perfectly balanced, this beauty can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

A smooth, rich and creamy style, with pretty mocha, blackberry and currant flavors that are intense and concentrated, gaining amplitude and ending with firm, tight tannins and a touch of cedary oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 570 cases made.

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Community Reviews


Chris Ahearn Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 11/29/2011 Drink Dates: 2005-2020


dburkes Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 02/22/2009

Opening nose: overwhelmingly concentrated cassis with a hint of eucalyptus. On pouring, mouthfeel was super satiny, but the finish was way too hot. After two hours, the finish mellowed out in to a very long, very savory surprise. All about tobacco, leather, and earth- the front-end fruit ended up in a savory surprise. Very nice, and very un-California.

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