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1999 Livingston-Moffett Gemstone Vineyard Proprietary Red

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May 19, 2024 - $36



91Stephen Tanzer

Coolish aromas of blue and black berries, licorice and minerals, plus a suggestion of leather. Suave and fine-grained on entry, then juicy and penetrating in the middle palate, with firm acidity giving definition to the black fruit, violet and licorice flavors... Finishes surprisingly long, stimulating the taste buds on the aftertaste.



Livingston Moffett was established in St. Helena in 1976 when John Livingston and his wife Diane moved to the area to raise their family. For nearly a decade they sold the grapes on their 10-acre property, called the Moffett Vineyard, to other winemakers. Then in 1984 they started making their own wines with the help of winemaker John Kongsgaard. Today the estate makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah and red blends. The wines are made in limited quantities and sold mainly through a mailing list.


United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,