Accolades
Accolades

Accolades

Cultivated from one of the world's most celebrated viticultural regions, our highly rated, limited-production Rutherford wines have already begun earning critical praise for their trademark blend of voluptuousness and complexity

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Scores our Rutherford Cabs all 91+!

      2010 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon – 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."


      2009 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 points
      "Round Pond’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is pure grace and silkiness on the palate. Sweet floral and spice notes meld into expressive red berries as this refined, beautifully proportioned wine shows off its pedigree. The 2009 has a little more textural depth and immediacy than the 2008, but a touch less grip and overall tension. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020."


      2008 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 points
      "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers up sweet red berries, freshly cut flowers and spices. This round, supple Cabernet is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. There is plenty of early appeal here. Sweet floral and spiced notes add lift on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018."

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    • Robert Parkers Wine Advocate scores our Reserve Cabs 91+

      2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 points
      "The estate’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Bovet brings together the best qualities of this site and the vintage. Dark raspberries, flowers, spices, and licorice are all wrap together in this silky Cabernet. The 2010 is at once finessed but also large-scaled. Interestingly, the aromas and flavors are a bit brighter than in the regular bottling. Sweet floral and minty notes are layered into a textured finish supported by firm yet elegant tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."

       

      2008 Reserve Bovet Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 points
      "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Bovet is a bit richer, darker and silkier than the straight Cabernet. Iron, smoke and sweet red berries are all woven together in this attractive, mid-weight Cabernet. Hints of mocha and chocolate develop with time in the glass. The Reserve has a little more grip and punch than the straight Estate bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021."

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    • Wine Enthusiast gives our 2010 Rutherford Cab 92 + Cellar Selection

      We are so excited to have Wine Enthusiast Steve Heimoff give our 2010 Rutherford Cab 92 points + Cellar Selection!

      "This is Round Pond’s best estate Cabernet in years."

      Click here for full review.

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    • Stephen Tanzer gives our 2009 Reserve Cab 91

      2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
      "Saturated bright ruby-red.  Deeper and richer on the nose than the Rutherford bottling, offering scents of dark raspberry, mocha and loam.  Then broad, rich and classically dry, with a medicinal quality to the berry flavors and a strong impression of Rutherford dust.  Already makes for a major mouthful of cabernet, but the big, chewy tannins call for patience."

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    • Stephen Tanzer gives our 2010 Rutherford Cab 90!

      2010 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford ($50)
      "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. 90"

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    • Our 2009 Rutherford Cab makes the "Recommends List" by SF Chronicle

      Napa Cabernet is typically our biggest and most pivotal tasting of the year. Our panel considered some 60 wines from the 2009 vintage in a range of prices.

      We found wines that exemplified the power of Napa and the freshness and aging potential of great Cabernet. In particular, there was a surge of quality from some of the valley's most established names. That includes wines like the Robert Mondavi Cabernet, which you might say started it all in Napa's modern era, and the estate bottle from J. Davies, which is Schramsberg's line of red wines.

      Below are top choices from the panel and other recent tastings, representing a cross-section of Napa's best from a memorable vintage. 

      2009 Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($50, 14.5%): The MacDonnell family's site in the core of Rutherford again yielded a terrific value of a wine (also true of their $30 bottle aged in old wood and using some bought fruit). 2009 was a tighter, more focused effort for Round Pond, but winemaker Brian Brown dialed back the evidence of oak to let clean black cherry, chicory and dust notes shine. It's still a notably ripe creation, but with great savory touches - dried herb, pencil shaving.

      Click here to read the full article.

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    • San Francisco Chronicle Reccomends our 09 Napa Valley Cab

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    • Our 08 Reserve Cab gets 91 from Wine Spectator

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    • SF Chronicle: "Napa's 2009's herald what great Cabernet's can be"

      There's debate these days as to what makes for a great vintage. In some minds it might be a year like 2007 in Napa Valley, brimming with warmth and sun. Or perhaps 2008, which enjoyed that ripeness although in a markedly smaller, frost-shrunken crop.

      Then there was 2009, a quieter year in the weather charts - cooler days, with a few sweaty exceptions in midsummer, and a long, mostly mild stretch to the finish ( sfg.ly/zjoKKg). It marked the start of a cooler three-year cycle that we've been discussing for a while, and will be for a while longer as the 2010s and 2011s appear. If 2007 and 2008 rewarded a full-bore approach to Cabernet in Napa, 2009 brought something a bit more shaded in its tones, a bit more complex.

      Up the chain, the usual evidence of ambition in the cellar - fancy oak, more extraction, flavors that pushed into deep black fruit - was more prevalent. But even in these, the nuance of the vintage could frequently be seen. Wines like Round Pond's estate bottling and Chappellet's Pritchard Hill certainly aren't shy, but in 2009 they showed exemplary finesse

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    • Our 2010 Napa Valley Cab makes the Top 100 Wines List by SF Chronicle

      We are excited to announce that our 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon made teh Top 100 Wines List by the San Francisco Chronicle.

      "The MacDonnell family's estate wine is in great form. But they and winemaker Brian Brown deserve extra credit for their red label; this less-expensive bottle sourced partially from other vineyards offers instant enjoyment. Fleshy, ripe and brimming with licorice and dark plum, it provides an early-drinking pleasure that's a great preview of 2010." - Jon Bonne

      To review the full article, please click here.

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    • Wine Spectator gave our 2008 Rutherford Cab 91 Points!

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    • The San Francisco Chronicle recommends our 2008 Rutherford Cab.

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    • Our 2008 Rutherford Cab gets 92 Points from Wine Enthusiast!

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    • Our 2007 Rutherford Cab ranks 1st in blind tasting for Vintage Wine Tasters.

      Vintage Wine Tasters met for their annual blind tasting of California Cabernet Sauvignon. For this tasting they decided to drill down to the 2007 Vintage, all from wineries in the Napa Valley.

      What they had to say about our 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon:

      The Round Pond 2007 was the runaway winner of our competition. I see that the Wine Spectator awarded it 94 points and it is well deserved. The wine has a terrific and intense aroma that screams out of the glass. The flavors are full of layers and the wine has a soft feel in the mouth.

      To read the full article, please click here.

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    • Wine Spectator gives our 2007 Estate Cab 94 Points and put on "Hot Wines" list!

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    • Wine Enthusiast gives our 2005 Estate Cab 91 points!

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    • San Francisco Chronicle names 2005 Estate Cab makes "Top 100 Wines" list!

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    • San Francisco Chronicle names Round Pond in "Top 100 Wines" list for 2007!

      Round Pond was thrilled to be included in the list of The Top 100 Wines of 2007 compiled by The San Francisco Chronicle. 

      "2004 Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($60).  In addition to its olive oils and its Nebbiolo, this Rutherford estate prides itself on plush, impressively ripe Cabernet.  This one opens with great graphite and violet overtones, then buoyant cassis matched with dried herbs and plenty of oak toast.  There's lots of nuance amid a ton of dark fruit that's pushed just to the very edge of ripeness."

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    • Wine Spectator hails Round Pond in "Top 20 New Cab Labels to Watch"!

      Wine Spectator hails Round Pond in "Top 20 New Cab Labels to Watch"!

      Round Pond was honored to be included in Wine Spectator's "20 To Watch - Exciting New Cabernet Labels".  Says Wine Spectator: "Nearly 100 new Cabernet bottlings have appeared in California over the past year - and most of them are from Napa Valley. The 20 producers profiled here stood out in recent tastings." October 2007


      To read the article, please click here.

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    • Wine Spectator calls 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon "Rich and Intense"!

      We were recently honored to receive Jim Laube's tasting notes on our 2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon:
       

      “Rich and intense, yet supple and harmonious, with tiers of currant, spice, nutmeg, herb, loamy earth and cedary oak. Wins points for its subtlety and finesse, yet the tannins are mouthcoating and polished.”
      89 Points.

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    • 2003 Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon receives a 96.

      Round Pond 2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon receives a 96 from prestigious SOMMselections! Round Pond is honored with this review by a leading group of independent sommeliers.

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    • 2002 Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon receives a 98!

      Round Pond 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon receives a 98 from prestigious Vintrust SOMMSelections! Round Pond is honored with this review by a leading group of independent sommeliers.

      SOMMselections provides wine reviews and buying guides to consumers. Its ratings are based on submissions from respected, independent sommeliers. The Robb Report says of SOMMselections, “Fortunately, for those of us who do not yet have a full-time sommelier, a new solution avails itself.”

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    • Napa Valley’s Acme Fine Wines praises 2002 Cabernet.

      "Cary Gott, winemaker at Pillar Rock, is also the winemaker behind this new estate's terroir inspired wines. The MacDonnell family practices sustainable farming in the heart of Rutherford and truly gets it where winegrowing is concerned. Good land and good farming provide the opportunity for better than good fruit. Add a winemaker who pays attention to showcasing what mother earth provides him with and the recipe for goodness just got better. Round Pond's classically characteristic Rutherford cabernet brings layers of ripe, dark cherries and a hint of anise to the fine-grained tannins that round out the mouth-feel."

      Acme Fine Wines, October 2005

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    • Our 2010 Napa Cab named Wine Of the Week by Gayot.com

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    • The St. Helena Star names our 2008 Sauvignon Blanc a "Clear Winner"!

      The July edition of TheStHelenastar.com conducted a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc tasting and here is what they had to say abour Round Pond's 2008 Sauvignon Blanc: 

      The following wines were also clear winners. The Round Pond 2008 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc ($26) is an incredibly balanced wine with citrus, pineapple and melon being only the tip of the flavor iceberg. Round Pond’s winemaker said that no oak is used in this particular sauvignon blanc although they will be introducing an oak-influenced style in the future.

      To read the full article, please click here.

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    • St. Louis Eats and Drinks recommends 2007 Estate Sauvignon Blanc.

      July 6, 2008 - The Round Pond 2007 Sauvignon Blanc was recently recommended as a great summer wine In St. Louis Eats and Drinks with Joe and Ann Pollack.  In their column This Week's Wine, Joe and Ann described the wine:

      "The wine is beautifully balanced, with a soft, mellow note that restrains the citrus flavors from the dominant position they often take. Round Pond is a round wine, with no rough edges, a smooth finish and a fine accompaniment to fish, or to chilled roast chicken, as I sampled it over dinner. No wood aging, no malolactic fermentation made for a bright, delicious wine."

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    • 2007 Estate Sauvignon Blanc called a "nearly perfectly balanced" wine

      May 14 2008 - In his Oenophile's Summer Guide, Dan Dunn of amNewYork calls the Round Pond Estate 2007 Sauvignon Blanc a “nearly perfectly balanced wine”.

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    • SF Chronicle names our 2010 Sauv Blanc "Wine Of the Week"

      San Francisco Chronicle featured our 2010 Estate Sauvignon Blanc as the WINE OF THE WEEK   and  Reccomended on thier "Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs" list.


      Round Pond Estate 2010 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc | 14.5% | $24 - “Winemaker Brian Brown took a bigger-is-better approach here, and the ripeness of the fruit comes through in a hefty but skillful steel-fermented style. Packed with dark stone and curry leaf accents, ripe pear and heady Meyer lemon, this makes for a boisterous glassful.” – Jon Bonne, Wine Editor

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