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Round Pond Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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14.7% ABV
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14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Sourced entirely from the gravelly sections of Round Pond's Rutherford estate vineyards, this luxuriant Cabernet starts with a bouquet of dried flowers, rose petals, and cocoa, as hints of black pepper emerge. Deep, dark juicy fruits layer the palate with lush notes of black cherry and red plum, giving way to more complex notes of sage, clove, and minerality. Emphasizing its Rutherford terroir, this wine finishes with darker notes of cassis and ripe blackberries, balanced beautifully by suedy, round tannins and carefully crafted acidity sure to please all discerning palates.

Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

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WW 94
Wilfred Wong of
At the top of the list of my favorite Napa Valley wineries, Round Pond Estate has produced of the vintages best Cabernets. The 2014 Reserve has it all—bold black fruits, savory spices, dust, and sweet tannins. The wine's formidable presence makes it an excellent pairing choice with grilled beef accented with diced shallots and cracked black peppercorns. (Tasted: December 1, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
This is a well-integrated reserve wine, enjoyable in its complex plushness and characteristics of clove, cassis and red cherry. Leather, tobacco and soy come in midway, adding to a robust, softly spoken finish.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Pure and vibrant, with a measured delivery of loamy earth—laced currant, blackberry, olive and sage flavors, supported by firm cedary oak that is front and center now but tilting toward a more integrated future. Drink now through 2030.
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Round Pond

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Round Pond, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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Located in the acclaimed Rutherford region of Napa Valley, California, Round Pond is a family-owned and operated estate designed around our world-class vineyards, gardens and orchards. In an area renowned for the depth and complexity of its Cabernet Sauvignon, the extraordinary artisan olive oils, vinegars, and limited-production wines produced from our estate reflect our family’s dedication to crafting the finest specialty food items while working to preserve the natural integrity of this esteemed property.

At Round Pond, we believe that excellence is achieved through a seamless blend of Old World traditions and state-of-the-art innovation. We walk the vineyards and orchards daily and carefully tend to our grape vines and olive trees. All of our fruit is organically or sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. And though our mill is equipped with the finest modern technology, we perform all of our blending and bottling by hand in order to ensure the highest levels of quality. By combining the best of the old with the best of the new, Round Pond strives to create modern classics.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, and in a short span of time, Napa Valley is a relative newcomer in the world of prestigious red wine regions. While the 1960s brought a few determined growers to the valley, by the 1970s Napa Valley already had shown the world its ability to compete head-to-head with the esteemed region of Bordeaux. The victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, followed by Robert Parker’s 100-point perfect score awarded to the Groth 1985 Cabernet Sauvignon brought plenty of acclaim to the valley.

Though Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly still dominates Napa Valley in every way, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and enjoying plenty of recognition, other red varieties certainly thrive here as well. Important but often overlooked include Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded for single varietal wines or for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel still exists in the valley and in its mountain appellations, representing an important historical stronghold for the region. Pinot noir can be produced but mainly in the cooler southern parts of the valley close to the San Pablo Bay.

What makes Napa such an amazing place for the production of red wines? Mainly it is a combination of ideal weather patterns and incredible soil variations. A balance of hot days and cool nights from the cool moist air of the San Pablo Bay or elevation, or both, allows even and slow ripening of its grapes. Furthermore the valley and its more mountainous sub appellations claim over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—all ideal for world-class red wine production.

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