Gemstone Vineyard Heritage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
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Gemstone Vineyard Heritage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Heritage Selection is full bodied and smooth, with bright blue and dark berry fruits, mocha, exotic spice and minerality across the palate. The finish is long with silky tannins that will support aging beautifully for the next 20+ years but is crafted to achieve balance and character suitable for enjoyment upon release.

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V 95
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Heritage Selection, from the back part of the property, is plump, juicy and full of character. Inky dark fruit, mocha, floral notes and spice . All the elements come together so nicely. Picking a bit earlier than in the past helps preserve freshness as well as energy. Time in the glass brings out the wine's volume and resonance. The juicy, creamy style works well here. Inky dark red/purplish fruit, spice, rose petal and new leather build into the resonant finish. I find a bit better balance here than in the Alluvial Selection.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck

Lots of bright blue and darker berry fruits, dark chocolate, scorched earth, and violet notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Heritage Selection, a rich, medium to full-bodied Cabernet that's going to benefit from bottle age. It picks up an almost Graves-like gravelly earth and mineral component with time in the glass, and it’s a wine that grows on you. Give bottles a healthy decant if drinking any time soon, and it will ideally be given 4-5 years of bottle age. Rating: 94+

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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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