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Gemstone Vineyard Alluvial Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Winemaker Notes

Our Alluvial Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from the upper blocks of our vineyard that form part of an alluvial fan. This geological feature gives us well-draining, rocky soils with low yields of small, extraordinarily concentrated berries. This wine, with its dense core, flinty minerality and forceful tannins, is a bold, focused expression of a distinctive section of our vineyard. Rich black cherry and plum aromas lead into a hefty, polished palate, revealing notes of cocoa, spice, eucalyptus and crushed rock. Well-established tannins give structure to this powerful, balanced wine that should age beautifully for 20+ years.

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COMMENTARY: The Yountville AVA has been gaining traction recently, and for me, the 2015 Gemstone Alluvial Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is a breakthrough wine. TASTING NOTES: This is a complete wine. Its aromas and flavors of red and black fruit, along with a bite of chalk make a nice pairing choice with a well-marbled grilled Chateaubriand. (Tasted: September 17, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Firm and tightly focused on a core of dense dark berry, loamy earth, cedar, sage and cigar box flavors. All in all, this is a mouthcoating effort. Best from 2020 through 2032.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Estate 'Alluvial Selection' Cabernet Sauvignon is a little youthfully mute, providing glimpses at black cherry compote, baked blueberries and spice cake with an undercurrent of charcuterie, underbrush and tar. The full-bodied palate is taut and chewy, offering up savory layers and dried berry flavors, finishing with the spices coming through. 750 cases were produced.
Rating: 92+
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Gemstone Vineyard, California
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Gemstone Vineyard is a jewel-like slope nestled between rolling knolls on the eastern edge of Napa Valley. Incorporating a diverse grid of rare heritage clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, Gemstone consistently produces a critically acclaimed estate blend that exhibits power and elegance. Gemstone Vineyard's intensely-flavored tiny berries produce wines described as having "heroic depth and opulent richness."
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One of Napa Valley's most historic sub-appellations, Yountville spreads through some of the valley's ideal cooler sites and enjoys success with a handful of different and significant grape varieties.

Syrah competes strongly with Cabernet Sauvignon here for optimal vineyard real estate followed by Pinot noir, Pinot blanc and Sauvignon blanc.

This sub-AVA of Napa Valley is rich in the history that makes Napa Valley what it is today, and not just for red wines. Moët & Chandon entered the California winemaking business via Yountville in 1973 with the establishment Domaine Chandon. Their goal has always been to produce top quality méthode champenoise sparkling wines.

Christian Moueix, originally responsible for managing Chateau Petrus and La Fleur-Petrus in Pomerol, arrived in Yountville in the early 1980s. He formed a partnership with Rohin Lail and Marcia Smith, inheritors of Napanook vineyard from their father John Daniel of Inglenook in Rutherford. In 1995 Moueix became sole owner of Napanook and chose the name Dominus, which today produces some of Napa’s highest scoring, age-worthy Bordeaux Blends.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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