2019 Gemstone 'Facets' Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California
Cabernet Sauvignon is the heart of Gemstone’s winemaking program and Facets reflects Gemstone’s legacy of crafting high quality Napa Cabernets for nearly three decades. Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown (named Food + Wine’s, ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2017 and featured as Wine Spectator's "Top Gun" in 2018.") has access to some of the most sought-after vineyards in Napa Valley which provide great diversity and allow him to craft our finest version of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for the 2019 Facets were hand-harvested, double- sorted and cold-soaked in stainless steel for 7 days before beginning whole berry fermentation for 18 days. The wine went through secondary fermentation in French oak barrels, assuring a balanced integration of fruit and oak, then barrel aged for 20 months in 80% new French oak. The resulting wine is concentrated and rich, with bright fruit tones of raspberry and cassis across the palate. Notes of cloves and cocoa add to the complexity. The finish is long with elegant and soft tannins. Only 500 cases were produced.