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 2019 “Facets” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
GGWC 64.99
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The flavors are bright and nuanced throughout. Bright red cherry, plum, flowers, mint and sweet spices are pushed forward. Supple, silky and nuanced, the 2014 will drink nicely pretty much upon release. The vibrancy and purity to the flavors here is notable.

Winery Notes: “The beginning of the 2019 growing season in Napa Valley was defined by copious rainfall and late soil moisture. The long, warm summer saw very few extreme heat events, with foggy mornings setting the stage for vibrant and expressive wines. The long, relatively mild finish to the season helped to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with abundant hang time resulting in great color, structure and soft tannins. All in all, exceptional fruit with bright acidity and great texture promises a fabulous vintage. “

Winemaker Tasting Notes: “Our 2019 FACETS Cabernet Sauvignon is concentrated and rich, with bright fruit tones of raspberry and cassis across the palate. Notes of cloves and cocoa add to the complexity. The finish is long with elegant and soft tannins.”

The Gemstone Facets Cabernet is also available in 375ml bottles

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