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2012 Gemstone Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1189534 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Much more vibrant on the nose than the 2011, offering scents of blueberry, blackberry, menthol and minerals lifted by notes of violet and crushed rock. Densely packed and fine-grained, offering lovely inner-mouth perfume to the sharply focused dark berry and mineral flavors. Finishes savory, firm and long, with impressive fruit intensity. Inner quote mark (5/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2012 Proprietary Red Estate may be among the finest wines Gemstone has yet produced. A prodigious effort loaded with promise, it boasts flowery, creme de cassis, graphite, licorice and subtle smoke notes presented in a boisterous, exuberant, densely fruity style. With lots of purity, depth and richness as well as a bigger style than normal ... (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Estate Red Wine is quite pretty. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and flowers abound in a supple, silky Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend to drink now and over the next few years. Today, the Red Wine is a bit closed in on itself, with less mid-palate pliancy than it showed last year, but my sense is that the wine hasn't yet fully recovered from its bottling over the summer. This attractive, approachable wine is a very good example of the year. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

K&L Notes

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot. Double-sorted; whole-berry fermented for 35 days using native yeasts; bottled unfiltered and unfined. Aged for 20 months in 68% French new oak (Ermitage, Taransaud, Francois Freres, Baron)

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