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2008 Gemstone Red Blends or Varietals "Facets"

Gemstone 2008 Facets

Winery: Gemstone

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Facets"

Wine Category: Red Blends or Varietals

Grape blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4.5% Petite Verdot, & 4.5% Caberent Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Yountville

State or country: CA

Price: $75

Cases produced: 765

KWG Score: 92.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: February 17, 2012

Wine Review: This very dark purple and opaque colored red blend kicked off Meritage Madness and it was a great way to start. It opens with a very fragrant and inviting blueberry and boysenberry bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty plum with hints of blackberry and just a touch of red currant. The finish is dry, a touch hot, and its dusty tannins linger for quite some time. This wine did go well with the cherry glazed seared yellow fin tuna. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This wine is a great representation of the lower site of the vineyard where Merlot and Cabernet are planted. Fresh, intense and explosive, the aromatics reveal pure, ripe red fruits mixed with exotics sweet characters from the French oak. Rich and generous, the mouthfeel is opulent and complex; offering blackcurrant, blueberries and licorice aromas. The wine shows a great balance of seduction and power. The fruit for this exceptional wine is selected from the treasure trove of 6 small estate vineyard blocks planted to carefully selected clones. Stylistically, my goal with Facets is to create a soft, vibrant, rich and luscious wine weaving four classical Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Philippe Melka, Winemaker

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