Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Showy with its lavish oak shadings, it's plush, with layers of currant, coffee, mocha, anise and mineral. Finishes with soft, fleshy tannins and a complex aftertaste.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91With a limited production of 435 cases, the 1998 Gemstone Vineyard is the finest Livingston offering I have tasted in many years. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet aromas of cassis, licorice, and oak. Full-bodied, fleshy, rich, and pure, this is a mouth-filling effort. Consume it over the next 15 years.Author: Robert Parker
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 288 bottles owned
- 17 collectors