Round Pond winemaking super-star, Thomas Rivers Brown, makes wine for numerous exceptional Napa producers like Schrader, Maybach, and Outpost. He focusses his eﬀorts on creating wines in a non-interventionist style that eschews technology. Antonio Galloni says it perfectly, “This 2015 Round Pond Reserve Cabernet is arguably the wine that best captures the personality of this Rutherford site.” The wine is exploding with aromatics of fresh, ripe boysenberry, balanced mocha cream, and hints of cedar. On entry, it is deep and dark with juicy ﬂavors of cassis and black cherries that are balanced by espresso, berry pie and baking spice. Simply put, this Rutherford-dusted Cabernet will keep you wanting more.
Round Pond is the epitome of the modern Napa Valley wine estate. Located at the Rutherford crossroads between Beaulieu and Caymus wineries, it's a family-owned and operated estate consisting of organically and sustainably tended vineyards, gardens and orchards. In addition to making limited quantities of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, proprietors Ryan and Miles MacDonnell, whose parents founded Round Pond in the early 1980s, produce award-winning olive oils and prized red wine vinegars.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve has turned out beautifully. Dark, sumptuous and powerful, the 2015 is a super-attractive wine. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, mint and pomegranate are woven together in a racy Cabernet with no hard edges, good freshness for the year and terrific overall balance. Silky, polished tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The Reserve can get a bit lost in Round Pond's range, but it is arguably the wine that best captures the personality of this Rutherford site.