2002 Gemstone - Red 750ml

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WS 96   IWC 91(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Saturated blackberry color, with a dense, rich, enormously concentrated center of dark fruits built around currant, wild berry, black cherry and blackberry. Tightly wound yet revealing a supple, fleshy texture while the finish zooms on, coating the palate. Yet for all its size and concentration, this is notable for its elegance and finesse and should reward cellaring. 630 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

(76% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 9% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot) Superripe aromas of black fruits and roast coffee; just this side of porty. Sweet, lush and deep, with flavors of blackberry, bitter chocolate, spices and minerals. Quite firmly built, even a bit youthfully austere. Finishes with ripe, building tannins and a note of menthol. This boasts excellent energy and grip.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
Site Blog: mac_h Young (From 2010 To 2020)

Rating: 95
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/01/2004
One of the best 2002s tasted and a worthy follow up to the 2001. Deeply concentrated dark fruits (plum) and oak in the nose and mouth. Excellent length. Tannins are high but still well integrated and the wine?s acids are virtually perfect. Aged or 20 months in 100% new French oak. 82% Cabernet, 7% Merlot, 7% Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. After some rather ho hum initial vintages, both the 2001 and 2002 Gemstone from barrel have been extremely impressive. Pam Starr has managed to cram lots of power into the wines without resorting to sugar and without sacrificing elegance and complexity.

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/15/2011
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Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

659 bottles owned by 154 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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