2006 Gemstone Proprietary Red Wine 10th Anniversary
The superb 2006 Gemstone Proprietary Red (an 890-case blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot) is from the cooler Oakville / Yountville sector of Napa. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of subtle new oak interwoven with black currants, smoke, licorice, and a hint of spring flowers. The wine is full-bodied, with excellent density, admirable balance, and fine purity, a hallmark of this estate. It should drink nicely for two decades.
by Robert Parker, Issue #180, December 2008
--The Wine Advocate
Aromas of herb, currant, tar, mineral and sage give this a rich, savory character. Dense and concentrated, this is well-focused and persistent, ending with a long, complex aftertaste. Score range: 92-94 –JL
Web Only - 2007
(15.3% alcohol; 98% cabernet sauvignon with 2% petit verdot) Saturated deep ruby. Crushed rock, blackberry, blueberry, violet, menthol and espresso on the brooding nose. In a cooler, rather medicinal style, but with a smooth texture to the flavors of black cherry, minerals, hot rocks, bitter chocolate, shoe polish, menthol and fresh herbs. This distinctly masculine, backward wine possesses a big structure, finishing with notes of gravel and toast and serious, slightly drying tannins that will require time to soften. 90(+?) points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 09
--International Wine Cellar
Spicy and suave on the nose, the wine reveals opulence and layers of flavors of white chocolate, anise, licorice and black fruits.
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