2005 Gemstone - Red 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($145; 94% cabernet, 3% petit verdot and 3% merlot) Good full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black fruits, mocha, flint and hot stones, with a faint herbal nuance; slightly porty. Then fat, full and soft, in a distinctly creamy style, with flavors of dark fruits, melted dark chocolate, maple syrup and cough medicine. This reminded me of a St. Estephe wine from a very ripe year. Finishes rich, chewy and powerful, with slightly dry-edged but supple tannins and notes of mocha and crushed rock.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

An absolutely gorgeous wine (900 cases produced) is the blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2005 Proprietary Red. Pure, vivid notes of black currants, crushed rocks, acacia flowers, and some subtle barrique smells are followed by a wine with hints of hot stones and a gravelly character. The wine has superb intensity, beautiful purity, and full-bodied power, but uncanny elegance and symmetry.

Drink Dates: 2009-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Ripe and juicy, with firm, intense, polished black cherry, wild berry, currant and black licorice flavors that are delightfully elegant and refined. The finish goes on and on. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Matt O
Drink Dates: 2007-2020

Rating: 96
Author: G
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/01/2014
Great nose, very jammy and smooth. Decanted for an hour.

Rating: 91
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/22/2012
Decanted for 1 hr, a bit hot on the alcohol side

Rating: 96
Author: Hal
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/26/2008
Multiple berry aromas climb from the glass. Opulent mouthfeel. Beautiful, complex texture. Smooth, long finish. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and plum.

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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.

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