2001 Gemstone - Red 750ml

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IWC 92   WA 94   WS 92   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Chris Ahearn
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/29/2011
Drink Dates: 2005-2020

Rating: 92
Author: 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.

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

481 bottles owned by 116 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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