Yountville, Napa Valley
Medoc wines of Bordeaux and California Bordeaux blends share a common interest: Both are based on the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and blended with varying amounts of its Bordeaux brethren, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Perhaps the most-prized qualities of a great Bordeaux blend are its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking expertise. The 7-acre Gemstone Vineyard near Yountville presents a wide range of blending options with its rare Bordelaise clones; each varietal cultivated with ardent meticulousness and scientific sensitivity that borders on fanaticism. This little piece of Bordeaux, warmed under the California sun, elevates the inherent complexities in wines produced from this site along the Silverado Trail. Gemstone Vineyards has become legendary terroir in the Napa Valley.
Hand-selected Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were blended with varying amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Gemstone for the 2000 Livingston Moffett Napa Valley Red. The outstanding site along with winemaking expertise from this small family producer of high quality, limited production wines delivers elegance and finesse in this rare vintage. Enticing, floral aromas mingled with honey lead into a core of ripe plum with lots of currant, cherry, chocolate, shades of herb and earth. Fine-grained tannins and salty minerality deliver a rich creamy palate that is smooth, harmonious and persistent.
The producer, Livingston Moffett, known today as Moffett Vineyards under the direction of second-generation owner, Trent Moffett, produces highly-acclaimed wines with near-$100 price tags. The 2000 vintage is a rarity which retails around $95, IF you can find it. We are happy to offer our members this special invitation to experience this epic wine for more than half of its retail price for $39.99.
The wine is medium-bodied, with pleasant fruit and a fine finish.
Moffett Vineyards traces its legacy to the Livingston Moffett Winery, which was founded in 1976 in the heart of the Napa Valley by Trent Moffetts’ parents, Diane and John Livingston. For 22 years Trent helped grow the family winery from the cellars to the marketplace. Upon their retirement and sale of the winery in 2005, a generational transition was made by Trent into his successor Moffett Vineyards.
Try it with Roast duck, sausage stews, and game meats.