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