2003 Gemstone - Red 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The inky/purple-hued 2003 Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and the rest tiny portions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, reveals copious notes of chocolate along with hints of melted tar, charcoal, black cherries, and currants. Full-bodied, dense, and well-balanced, it should drink well for 10-15 years. Interestingly, Paul Frank continues to sell much of his production to such high quality wineries as Pahlmeyer. He will undoubtedly do more and more estate bottling as his vineyard ages.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($95; a Bordeaux blend based on 84% cabernet sauvignon) Bright, deep medium ruby color. Black cherry, cassis, bitter chocolate and mocha on the slightly medicinal, primary nose. Then juicy, spicy and bright, with cooler, high-pitched flavors of black cherry, spices and flowers. Less lush and porty than the 2002 version but fresher and more elegant. Finishes with good sweet tannins and very good length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Complex, with a mix of dark chocolate, raspberry and blackberry fruit that's intense and concentrated. Shows some heat, which makes the tannins stand out on the finish. Decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. 815 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2011
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: RDL
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/19/2009
Drinking well. Everything has integrated. Goes against most 2003's and is still holding up very nicely!

Rating: 91
Author: Yamadori
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/12/2011

Rating: 90
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/26/2012
Drink Dates:

Average rating: 90, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

549 bottles owned by 133 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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