A brief history
As longtime residents of Northern California and lovers of wine, we dreamt of owning our own small vineyard in Napa Valley. Our family is honored to be the stewards of an incredible vineyard of which we pride ourselves on refining the wines that truly reflect the extremely special 25 year history of Gemstone.
We work closely with our winemaker to showcase the characteristics and stories behind each unique vineyard block, bringing them to life in our distinct lineup of estate Cabernet Sauvignons. The Heritage Selection highlights our diverse array of heirloom vines that span place and time, coming from storied vineyards in France, Italy and throughout the Napa Valley. The Alluvial Selection is named after the unique geological feature prominent in the upper blocks of our vineyard. The rich volcanic alluvial deposits from nearby Pritchard Hill create the rare micro terroir from which this wine is produced. Rounding out our offerings of estate Cabernet Sauvignon, we named a very special wine in honor of our first daughter, Ruby. The Ruby Barrel Selection is comprised of just 3 to 4 barrels that are chosen for their complete expression of our estate and the best representation of the vintage.
Our family is committed to sustaining and building upon the exceptional legacy of not just Gemstone Vineyard, but of the small, family-owned wineries that helped put Napa Valley on the map. Over the years we have continued to invest in our vineyard and decrease our total production in order to achieve optimal fruit quality and make the very best wines possible. Our wines have the ability to be aged for many years and it is our hope that they are enjoyed with the people you love most!
Amy and Adam Dornbusch