2009 Gemstone Red Wine Gemstone Red Wine
The 2009 Red Wine is a gorgeous, fleshy offering laced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, mint and licorice. It shows wonderful radiance and silkiness in a hugely approachable and flat-out delicious style. I especially like the pliancy and generosity of the finish. The 2009 is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 21 months in French oak barrels, 67% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Gemstone fans will notice changes to the estate’s wine names. The old Facets bottling is now known simply as “Red Wine,” while the flagship Proprietary Red is now labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 and 2010 vintages both incorporate 2% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet is fermented in concrete while the Petit Verdot is fermented in a single 225 French oak barrel.
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