2013 Round Pond "Kith & Kin" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1220855 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Kith & Kin is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 5% Petite Sirah. This is another winner, and a great buy at $30. Deep ruby/purple, sweet crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, a nice, lush, fat palate and loads of glycerin make for a savory, hedonistic style of wine to drink over the next 5-7 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A firm Cabernet with simple lines, this wine melds dark herbal notes with scents of cracked black pepper, deep purple fruit with bright cassis. Completely dry, its tannins bring some dark austerity to the juicy richness. For roast lamb.  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Petite Sirah. Almost opaque. Bold, perfumed, accessible style. Intense and bright blackberry, plum, bramble, sweet cream and a fresh grassy aroma. Full bodied, somewhat astringent but fine-grained tannins will resolve with time. Elegant, balanced, very long pleasant finish. Forward in youth but with a bit of time will have beautiful restraint. Impressive. (MD)  (5/2015)

K&L Notes

This is the "Kith & Kin" bottling from Round Pond, which gets its name from the Old English words for friends and family. The wine is inspired by the first bottle of wine the MacDonnell family made for their friends and family from their Napa Valley vineyards back in 1992, a wine that became the inspiration for the Round Pond label. Based on Rutherford Cab, it incorporates fruit from all over the Napa Valley, making for a more affordable, approachable offering to share on a Tuesday night. From the winery: "Beautifully balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon makes its intentions known with aromas of fresh red berries, complemented by subtle leather, floral notes, and sweet French oak. The sweet supple entry teases the mouth with bing cherry, plum, and rhubarb. Adding complexity, the palate rounds out into a creamy cherry pie a la mode with notes of violets, thyme, and nutmeg. A lingering full finish pleases the end palate, balanced by fresh acidity and earthy notes with caramel and cocoa."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5