2003 Gemstone Yountville Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The inky/purple-hued 2003 Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and the rest tiny portions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, reveals copious notes of chocolate along with hints of melted tar, charcoal, black cherries, and currants. Full-bodied, dense, and well-balanced, it should drink well for 10-15 years. Interestingly, Paul Frank continues to sell much of his production to such high quality wineries as Pahlmeyer. He will undoubtedly do more and more estate bottling as his vineyard ages.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep medium ruby color. Black cherry, cassis, bitter chocolate and mocha on the slightly medicinal, primary nose. Then juicy, spicy and bright, with cooler, high-pitched flavors of black cherry, spices and flowers. Less lush and porty than the 2002 version but fresher and more elegant. Finishes with good sweet tannins and very good length. 90(+?) points.
Complex, with a mix of dark chocolate, raspberry and blackberry fruit that's intense and concentrated. Shows some heat, which makes the tannins stand out on the finish. Decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Listed in "The Rising Stars of Napa Cabernet" of the Wine Spectator: "Might be Yountville's best Cabernet vineyard." (11/06)