Gemstone Vineyard

Fantastic Four
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 60
Vintage

2013

Gemstone Vineyard

Fantastic Four

Cabernet Sauvignon
Yountville

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Grapes selected from four blocks from our 16-acre Gemstone estate vineyard in the Yountville appellation
  • Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot
  • Aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak
  • Handcrafted by winemaker Philippe Melka

Gemstone's 2014 Premiere Lot is a a blend of four bordeaux varietals planted on our 16-acre Estate Vineyard located in Yountville. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was sourced from four of our unique blocks. Each block was fermented separately and the wine aged for 24 months in new French oak.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Gemstone

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

Philippe spent much of his early life in Bordeaux, receiving his geology degree in 1989 from the University of Bordeaux. In his final year of study, he took a wine course purely out of sheer curiosity, and from that moment on realized his passion and future lay in the world of wine.

In 1991 he completed a masters program in Agronomy and Enology under the direction of Professor Sequin, a reputed specialist with regard to terroir. Philippe was fascinated by the relationship between soil and wine quality and his appreciation of the study of soil agronomy continues to this day in his work as a viticulturist as well as winemaker.

Philippe set out for the New World to discover its wines and expand his knowledge in the process. In 1991-1992, he worked for Dominus in both winemaking and vineyard management. He split 1992 between working harvest at Chittering Estate in western Australia, and returning to Dominus to study grape maturation and ideal picking times.

In 1993, Philippe studied soils at Badia a Coltibuono in Italy as well as the emerging Sangiovese varietal. In the spring of that year, he was once again on French soil, joining the J. P. Moueix company in Libourne, where he stayed until returning to Napa Valley in 1994 to devote himself to winemaking and continuing soil studies.

Country born: France

Education: Geology degree - University of Bordeaux
Master's Degreee Agronomy and Enology - University of Bordeaux
Professor Sequin at University of Bordeaux - a reputed specialist with regard to terroir.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
To create wines tht expresses the voice of its native soil.

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