Gemstone Vineyard Napa Valley
Small property producing an impressive meritage red from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Merlot and Cabernet Franc as well as a Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a little Petit Verdot. Second label Facets has much more Merlot, the last vintage currently available is 2008. A tiny amount of Chardonnay is available only on the mailing list. Philip Melka is now overseeing the winemaking and the wines should become increasingly impressive. The Gemstone Red is dense and full with dark, spicy fruit and a cooler minty undercurrent. It will benefit from at least 5 years’ cellaring. (DM)
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