A balanced Cabernet Sauvignon ideal for weekday meals, this wine makes its intentions known with aromas of cherry cola and grilled dark fruit complemented by savory yet subtle sage, cloves, and dried lavender. The bouquet prepares the palate for a complex marriage of fruits, warm herbs and spices, and plush velvety tannins, all perched atop mouth - watering acidity. Depth and approachability propel this wine to the top of the list when looking for something to accompany a wide variety of fare.
Wine Enthusiast 88 points - With savory black currant, blackberry jam and toast flavors wrapped into firm, complex tannins, this is a lovely Cabernet to drink now. Shows many of the qualities of far more expensive Napa Cabs, with a bit less depth. (Nov 2013)
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The “Napa Valley” Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from all corners of the Napa Valley but has its heart rooted in Rutherford. Focused on a red fruit-forward style, this balanced wine shows warm herbs and spices and plush velvety tannins making the perfect weeknight wine.
Wine maker notes
Starting with some of our favorite Rutherford home vineyard wine lots, our winemakers have carefully selected wines from neighboring appellations to create a Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects multiple characteristics of our world famous Napa Valley appellation. All
cellar practices for this Cabernet Sauvignon are planned and
performed with the goal of producing
a fruit focused wine that is approachable in its youth, including a short and cool maceration period
to ensure well balanced tannins. The final wine blend is aged in our own second year French oak
barrels to add subtle oak characteristics and to allow fruit forward flavors to be center stage. This
wine is bottled after 15 months to capture the
youth of the wine in the bottle.
The Round Pond Estate is situated in the heart of Rutherford, California, an appellation that has been famous for its world-class red wines for more than a century. The property spans 357 acres of planted vineyards, including our Red Barn Ranch, Hill’s, Round Pond and MacDonnell vineyards. To maintain the integrity of the land and to ensure its continuing bounty for generations to come, we use only sustainable farming practices in our viticulture program.
Round Pond’s soils are extremely fertile due to deposits from alluvial outflows of the Conn Creek and Napa River that took place thousands of year ago. As a result, vine health is exceptional, and the vines grow vigorously in this unique appellation. To maintain vine balance and reduce yields – both key factors for quality – we limit each vine to two clusters per shoot, making certain that no two clusters even touch one another. In addition, we carefully work the canopy to establish a good ratio of sunlight to shade. To further control vine vigor we utilize advanced technology to monitor hydration levels in the soil. When we are within days of harvesting, our skilled vineyard workers (some of whom have almost 30 years of experience at Round Pond) hand inspect each vine to discard bad berries, or even entire clusters. As a result, when the fruit is finally picked it represents a meticulous selection of only the finest grapes.
Our vineyards have been planted to selections of elite clones including 337, 7 and 8, each carefully matched with the optimal soil, rootstock and trellising system. Soil types include gravelly and sandy clay loam, while our trellising systems incorporate Geneva Double Curtain, Fletcher Lyre, Split Canopy Lyre and Vertical Shoot Positioning. Vine age at Round Pond averages 10 to 15 years.
Finally, because we own our vineyards, our winemaker is in the fortuitous position of being able to initiate harvest at ideal levels of ripeness – an essential element in crafting wines with an elegantly voluptuous and drinkable style.
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