2011 Round Pond "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
Offers an easy-drinking allure, with vivid, snappy notes of berry, light oak, dried herb and fresh tannins. Drink now through 2022. 6,314 cases made. –JL