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Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2010
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Country: USA
- Region: Rutherford, Napa Valley
- Unit Size: 750 ml
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Wine Advocate 92 Points
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is full of freshly cut flowers, violets, menthol crushed rocks and dark red cherries. There is a level of freshness and pure vibrancy in the 2010 that previous vintages don’t have, most likely the result of the long, cool growing season. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is first-class. Nothing is out of place. In short, the 2010 Estate is gorgeous. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
Round Pond is a fairly young estate. The MacDonnell family has been selling fruit from their vineyards in Rutherford to other wineries for years, but only began making their own wines with the 2002 vintage. All of the wines I tasted were beautiful and promising, except for the 2009 Bovet, which was corked. I hope to be able to taste that wine again soon. Thomas Rivers Brown is the consulting oenologist to Round Pond’s internal winemaking team. The Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is particularly of note considering its very reasonable price and a production of several thousand cases per year.
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points
($50) A big, rich, vital Cabernet with immediate attraction that is deceptive. Sure, you can enjoy it now, while it’s brimming in cherry jam and red and black currants with a finish of rich, caramelized oak. But it will soften and mellow over the next eight years, and maybe even longer. This is Round Pond’s best estate Cabernet in years.
Wine Spectator 91 Points
($50) Complex and deftly balanced, this offers a firm, dense mix of loamy earth, classic dried herb, currant, anise and tobacco leaf. Ends up finishing like a classy Bordeaux. Drink now through 2024.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 90 Points
Cool, soil-driven aromas and flavors of blue fruits, licorice and underbrush struck me as quite claret-like. At once glyceral and fresh, offering lovely depth and sweetness in the middle, with bright tannins giving the wine more obvious focus than the 2009 release. Shows a distinct ferrous quality. Finishes with building ripe tannins. This should age very well. In comparison to the 2009s, the estate's 2010 cabernets are more acid- than tannin-driven, according to winemaker Brown.
"The nose on this vintage shows intensity with a dark fruit profile compared to typical Rutherford cabs. Initial top notes of brandied cherries, blueberry syrup and ripe brambly blackberry bushes are accented by tobacco leaf, cardamom and a hint of anise. As it presents, the palate burgeons in the mouth; starting compact and dense upfront it expands fully from front to back with a finish that lingers over a minute. It boasts a plush mouth feel that is soft on entry, framed by well structured tannins, a balanced acid profile and medium body. Flavors of espresso bean, pot de crème and frangellico give the impression of sweetness."
This new release from Round Pond is one of the best the winery has done to date! This bottling is a selection of small lots from twenty select vineyard parcels over their 350+ acre, sustainably farmed Rutherford estate. The wine spent 19 months in 70% new French oak.
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