2007 Gemstone - Red 750ml

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2007 Gemstone - Red
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)

($150; blended with 3.5% each merlot and petit verdot; 15.2% alcohol) Bright ruby. Superripe aromas of kirsch and gravel, plus hints of licorice and dusty herbs; still quite youthfully unforthcoming. Dense and sweet but not at all over the top; shows a hot rock character and pronounced minerality that reminds me of Graves. The slightly liqueur-like quality continues on the palate, but this backward wine needs time to express itself. Finishes solidly tannic, with a pungent licorice quality and firm, dusty tannins. Showing the masculine side of cabernet.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Wine Advocate | 95

The dense ruby/purple-colored 2007 Gemstone (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc) reveals notes of ink, graphite, camphor, and sumptuous amounts of blue and black fruits along with an unmistakable minerality. This is a full-bodied, dense yet elegant red possessing both power and concentration that have not compromised its ethereal characteristics. Drink this beauty over the next 20-25+ years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Drink Dates: 2012-2027
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 94
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/22/2014
Wonderful aromas,firm structure with no fading of the fruit. Tastes much younger than 7 years. Wish I had more.
Score: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/20/2013
Drink Dates: 2009-2034
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2007 Gemstone (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc) reveals notes of ink, graphite, camphor, and sumptuous amounts of blue and black fruits along with an unmistakable minerality. This is a full-bodied, dense yet elegant red possessing both power and concentration that have not compromised its ethereal characteristics. Drink this beauty over the next 20-25+ years. Gemstone's original founders, Paul and Suzie Frank, have retired and sold their vineyard to Michael and Carol Marks, who are committed to continue producing fine wines. Their second label, Facets, is one of the finest second wines made in Napa. Both the 2007 and 2008 are outstanding efforts.
Score: 93
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/11/2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Gemstone - Red:

2005 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)

About This Producer


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 Frank who have since passed the baton to current proprietors Carole and Michael Marks.

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