ESTATE WINES

In our vineyard, Thomas Rivers Brown pays meticulous attention to the subtle variations among our 20 micro-blocks. When Thomas joined Gemstone, he understood immediately that our estate could support three stylistically distinct expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, and inspired us to recast our offerings to fully honor the unique character of our vineyard.

The 2016 vintage marks our 20th anniversary of Gemstone wines. We will release three limited-production estate Cabernet Sauvignon selections—Heritage, Alluvial and Ruby—crafted in the style you know and love. We hope you’ll appreciate our tighter focus on what Gemstone Vineyard does best, Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

2016

Gemstone Heritage Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon

March Release

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Our Heritage Selection showcases the depth and complexity of our vineyard’s 16 different heritage clones. Gemstone’s 20 micro-blocks are vinified individually from harvest to bottle. Fruit forward, opulent and dense, this wine exhibits layers of complexity unique to the Gemstone vineyard. The wine is expressive and full-bodied, with baked black cherry, concentrated blackberry fruit and spicy notes of clove and cardamom. Creamy vanilla fills the palate and lingers through the long, silky finish. Complex and elegant tannins will support aging for the next 20+ years.

The wines from the 2016 vintage shine for their purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and impeccable balance. Ample moisture throughout the winter months followed by a warm and mild growing season, allowed ripeness to be achieved slowly and evenly.


WINEMAKER

Thomas Rivers Brown

APPELLATION

Yountville, Napa Valley

VINTAGE

2016 is being described by wine critics and vintners as a near-perfect growing season and an incredibly beautiful, classic year for Napa Valley. The wines shine for their purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and impeccable balance. Ample moisture throughout the winter months; followed by a warm and even growing season allowing ripeness to be achieved slowly and evenly.

PRODUCTION

750 cases
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2016

Gemstone Alluvial selection
Cabernet Sauvignon

July Release

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NOTES 

Our Alluvial Selection showcases the structure and superior terroir of our vineyard. The upper blocks of the vineyard sit on volcanic deposits from the Vaca Mountain Range. These deposits form an alluvial fan, a unique geological feature that gives us well-draining, rocky soils and low yields of small, extraordinarily flavorful berries. 

 The wine delivers mouth filling, sweet dark cherry across the palate with an earthy complexity. Vanilla and spice from the toasted oak round out the luxuriously long finish. Balanced tannins give structure to the juicy fullness of this wine that should age beautifully for 20+ years.


WINEMAKER

Thomas Rivers Brown

APPELLATION

Yountville, Napa Valley

VINTAGE

2016 is being described by wine critics and vintners as a near-perfect growing season and an incredibly beautiful, classic year for Napa Valley. The wines shine for their purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and impeccable balance. Ample moisture throughout the winter months; followed by a warm and even growing season allowing ripeness to be achieved slowly and evenly.

PRODUCTION

750 cases
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2016

Gemstone RUBY BARREL SELECTION
Cabernet Sauvignon

September Release

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NOTES 

Our Ruby Barrel Selection is our smallest-production wine, and it celebrates the newest member of the Gemstone Vineyard family, our proprietor’s daughter, Ruby. For this wine, our winemaker, carefully selects just four barrels from every vintage, evaluating each individually vinified lot and blending for beautiful balance of fruit character, power, acidity and structure - a complete expression of our estate. Our Ruby Cabernet Sauvignon honors both the legacy and the next generation of the Gemstone Vineyard family.

 Inky purple-black in color, this elegant and complex wine has a nose of intense cassis, blackberries and plums. Impeccable balance with a dense core reveals plush, ripe fruit characters, polished tannins and powerful concentration and length. This wine should age beautifully for 20+ years. 


WINEMAKER

Thomas Rivers Brown

APPELLATION

Yountville, Napa Valley

VINTAGE

2016 is being described by wine critics and vintners as a near-perfect growing season and an incredibly beautiful, classic year for Napa Valley. The wines shine for their purity of fruit, ripe, polished tannins, and impeccable balance. Ample moisture throughout the winter months; followed by a warm and even growing season allowing ripeness to be achieved slowly and evenly.

PRODUCTION

100 cases (offered in 3-pack cases only)
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2015

Gemstone Heritage Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon

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NOTES 

The 2015 vintage marks our 20th year of winemaking at Gemstone. Since the beginning, we have been committed to small-lot winemaking—in fact, most of our vines date back to original clippings planted more than two decades ago. Our Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon celebrates the diversity of Gemstone Vineyard. The 16 acres of our estate are divided into 20 different micro-blocks according to a wide array of soil types. Each small area is carefully matched to more than 16 different clones, including 10 Cabernet Sauvignon clones, and all blocks are vinified individually from harvest to barrel. This gives our winemaker a unique palette from across our vineyard from which to blend a complex expression of its full character.  

This wine is expressive and full-bodied, with deep blue and black fruit aromas, and notes of cinnamon, cedar, tobacco and anise that balance the complex fruit expression. Although this wine is fruit forward and approachable young, its bold tannins will support aging during the next 20 years.


WINEMAKER

Thomas Rivers Brown

APPELLATION

Yountville, Napa Valley

VINIFICATION

Double-sorted, cold-soaked; whole-berry fermentation for 16 days using native yeasts; natural malolactic fermentation for 3 months; bottled unfiltered and unfined

AGING

20 Months, 80% new French oak in cooperages including Taransaud, Ermitage, Francois Freres, Baron

PRODUCTION

750 cases

2015

Gemstone Alluvial selection
Cabernet Sauvignon

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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—the result of the Napa River meeting the foothills of the Vaca mountains—gives us well-draining, rocky soils with low yields of small, extraordinarily concentrated berries. Our Alluvial Cabernet Sauvignon, with its dense core, flinty minerality and forceful tannins, is a bold, focused expression of this 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.



 


WINEMAKER

Thomas Rivers Brown

APPELLATION

Yountville, Napa Valley

VINIFICATION

Double-sorted, cold-soaked; whole-berry fermentation for 16 days using native yeasts; natural malolactic fermentation for 3 months; bottled unfiltered and unfined

AGING

20 months, 100% new French oak in cooperages including Taransaud, Ermitage, Francois Freres, Baron

PRODUCTION

750 cases

2015

Gemstone RUBY BARREL SELECTION
Cabernet Sauvignon

Sold Out

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NOTES

Ruby Cabernet Sauvignon is our smallest-production wine, and it celebrates the smallest, newest member of the Gemstone Vineyard family, our proprietor’s daughter, Ruby. For this wine, our winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, carefully selects just four barrels from every vintage, evaluating each individually vinified lot and blending for beautiful balance of fruit character, power, acidity and structure—a complete expression of our estate. We like to think of our Ruby Cabernet Sauvignon as honoring both the legacy of Gemstone Vineyard and the next generation of the Gemstone Vineyard family.

Inky purple-black in color, this dense and complex wine has a nose of intense cassis, blackberries and plums. A succulent, full-bodied palate reveals rich, ripe fruit characters, silky tannins and a powerful, earthy finish. This wine should age well for 20+ years. 



WINEMAKER

Thomas Rivers Brown

APPELLATION

Yountville, Napa Valley

VINIFICATION

Double-sorted, cold-soaked; whole-berry fermentation for 16 days using native yeasts; natural malolactic fermentation for 3 months; bottled unfiltered and unfined

AGING

20 months, 100% new French oak in cooperages including Taransaud, Ermitage, Francois Freres, Baron

PRODUCTION

100 cases (offered in 3-pack cases only)