Gemstone Vineyard makes a Bordeaux blend called Facets. It consists of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Gemstone is also experimenting with a Facets Chardonnay.
Gemstone Vineyard’s name came naturally as Suzie and Paul Frank discovered the Paul and Suzie Frank’s Gemstone Vineyard is located on very rocky soil, and produces very low yields of high intensity grapes. Located in the Yountville hills, the property is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.
Gemstone takes an innovative approach to farming. Techniques include meticulous cane pruning, canopy management, and bio-molecular nutritional observation. The vineyard’s radio telemetry weather station allows for real time observation of climate conditions that will affect grape production.
Philippe Melka recently became the principal winemaker at Gemstone. As a graduate of the University of Bordeaux, Melka has worked as head winemaker of several French wineries before making the trip to California. The marriage of French knowledge and California innovation will surely produce many award winning wines in the future.