2004 Gemstone - Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 73935-2004-1500-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($125; 93% cabernet sauvignon and 7% petit verdot) Saturated ruby. Brooding black fruit, mineral and licorice aromas, with some earthy and truffley soil tones. Ripe, fresh and nicely layered, with the black fruit flavors showing a distinctly rocky character. This vineyard is located just to the south of Screaming Eagle, although the volcanic and gravelly soils are not as red in color. Mounting finish features building tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2004 Proprietary Red Wine (91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot; 495 cases produced) is better than I predicted from barrel. This opaque purple-hued, amazingly rich wine reveals notes of graphite, blackberries, cassis, licorice, and incense. A judicious touch of new French oak along with superb concentration, and intense, but sweet, well-integrated tannin suggest this backward 2004 should age for 20-25 years. It is one of the stars of the vintage.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Tightly wound, with excellent structure, this is dense and concentrated, showing a mix of currant, anise, mineral, pencil lead and cedary oak, all sharply focused and well-proportioned. Reveals extra dimensions of flavor and depth as this unfolds, with a long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. 495 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
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  • 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.

    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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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

    • 330 bottles owned
    • 66 collectors