2012 Round Pond "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford shows a black cherry and kirsch-like component often seen in top Rutherford Cabernets, with an almost Margaux-like delicacy and a dense ruby/purple color. It has a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannins, beautiful purity and texture and incremental richness that builds gently and graciously. This is a gorgeous 2012 to drink over the next 10-15 years.
Delivers a pure, bright, supple core of wild berry, raspberry and blackberry that is intense, focused, dense and persistent. The flavors cascade on the finish, echoing mineral and crushed rock details. Drink now through 2028.
Round Pond's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is very pretty. Iron, smoke, tobacco, red stone fruits and plenty of Rutherford dust meld together in the glass. Forward, ripe and juicy, yet with good underlying structure and energy, the 2012 should drink beautifully for the next decade or more. Round Pond remains one of the true under the radar jewels of Napa Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a reliably outstanding value. The higher end wines are a bit more distinctive, yet are also very fairly priced. Round Pond is introducing two new Cabernets with the 2012 vintage. Both of those wines were still in barrel, but they will merit serious attention when they are eventually released. Thomas Rivers Brown lends a hand at Round Pond, but this is the only project where Brown acts as a consultant, rather than as winemaker, as Round Pond has the very capable Muiris Griffin taking care of the day to day. I can't say enough about the work the MacDonnell family has done in the last few years in elevating the quality of their wines. It won't be long before the rest of the world notices, so readers will want to spend some time checking out these wines before that happens.
From Round Pond's Napa Valley estate vineyard in Rutherford, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with a splash of Petit Verdot and Malbec after spending 18 months in 70% new French oak. All of the grapes were previously fermented in small lots to ensure quality and rigorous selection for the final bottling. From the winery: "This rich and inviting wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Complex and elegant aromatics of black cherry, ripe strawberries and raspberry tart are complimented by nuances of cola, vanilla, licorice and dusty cocoa. On entry, the palate is loaded with intense candied fruit composed of fleshy plums and ripe red berries. The mid-palate features darker fruit that give way to hints of caramel and roasted almonds with well-rounded tannins and firm acidity. Throughout the long smooth finish, notes of wet stone, dried flowers and classic Rutherford dust make this wine the perfect candidate to age gracefully over time."