Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon evolves in the glass with alluring aromas of black cherry, plum, and chocolate covered strawberries. Backed by hints of warm and toasty oak, vanilla, and walnut, this wine's palate is soft and inviting as the true complexity of the wine is revealed. It is medium bodied and well-structured, with balanced tannins and a touch of refreshing acidity. Flavors of mocha and chocolate covered cherries are apparent throughout the long and smooth finish. This wine may be enjoyed now but will age gracefully over time.
Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Merlot
"Herbs, tobacco, cedar, iron, smoke and incense emerge from the glass in the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. A gorgeous, savory and totally expressive wine, the 2011 impresses for its balance and pedigree. This is without question one of the most beautiful wines of the year. The profile is decidedly European-influenced in its aromatics and structure, but the fruit is pure Napa Valley. There are only a handful of values left in first-class Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; this is one of them."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Big & Bold
4.5 if I could. Concur with Galloni's review, dead on the mark. This is a big bold wine, enjoy with food. Big mouth feel and powerful finish but amazing fruit flavor throughout. Decant or aerate to soften a bit and enjoy asap.
Big & Bold
Dark purple-red, full bodied and leggy. The nose is small to medium at first but grows a little with air; vinous with notes of oak, pepper, dark fruit; low-toned. The flavors are big and mouth filling with fruit, alcohol and tannin showing strongly at first; the wine could use a bit more acid and the alcohol comes on too strong. The finish is long with a little more bitterness than I'd like and the tannins seem to become more astringent with an hour or two; I just don't think this has the acid to age out all the tannin and alcohol. Big, almost chewy, serious but not for everyone. It will drink best around 2025 or later and it will be powerful but not fruity or bright by then.
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