An UNDER $65 Thomas RIvers Brown Napa GEMSTONE


The 16-acre Gemstone Estate vineyard is truly a study in terroir. Situated on a gradual, west-facing slope in the Yountville appellation of the Napa Valley, this complex and diverse site has gravelly alluvial soil layered over loamy sandstone bedrock, avoiding the vigor of deep, rich soil. The vineyard is divided into 20 micro-blocks; including eight clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, two clones each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and one clone of Chardonnay. All of the vines are densely planted to a variety of rootstocks carefully matched to the soil. Each clonal block is farmed and fermented individually, yielding a distinctive palette of flavors from which Gemstone wines are built. Winemaker = Thomas Rivers Brown

Gemstone 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 64.99

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Winery Notes: 2018 was a near perfect vintage and began in late February, followed by a mild spring with extended flowering yielding plentiful and even fruit set. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created ideal conditions for well-developed fruit profiles and balanced wines with great tannic structure.”

Tasting Notes: The 2018 Gemstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is bold and luscious, with dark cherry, huckleberry and blackberry fruit across the palate. Notes of vanilla, spice and mocha add to the complexity. The finish is long and silky with elegant tannins. Only 500 cases were produced!

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