Round Pond Estate

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 182
Vintage

2009

Round Pond Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

5 cases produced

Description

This singular wine is a rich and elegant blend from Round Pond’s sustainably grown estate vineyards in the heart of Rutherford’s Cabernet country. The grapes were hand harvested from specially selected estate vineyard blocks with loose gravelly soil and represent some of the finest from the estate. A unique blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot, this wine underwent small-lot fermentations in puncheons for over one month. It was then aged in the same casks. Lees stirring during malolactic fermentation softened the edges of the palate. At one point in time, a river ran through the Round Pond Estate property. What would eventually become the Napa River left behind this gravelly streak through our estate vineyards. This soil allows the vines to become stressed, resulting in smaller berries that help us create this deeply flavored wine.


Aging Process

tbd

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Muiris Griffin

Winemaker, Round Pond Estate

Winemaker, Muiris Griffin

Muiris Griffin's (pronounced Muir-ish) passion for fine wine was first fueled during his time at the Universit?? de Paul Valery in France. As his knowledge grew, so did his determination to make wine his life???s work. He jumped at the chance to work harvest for a family friend at a seventh generation distillery in Cognac. The following year he returned home to work for Margo Von Staavern at Chateau St. Jean, inspired by the delicate care taken in the crafting of one of their signature wines, Cinq Cepages.

After two years at Chateau St. Jean, Muiris returned to France to pursue an advanced winemaking education at the CFPPA in Bordeaux. He earned his Viticulture-Enology degree while also interning at the earliest established wine estate in Bordeaux, Chateau Pape Clement, during their 703rd vintage. At Vin-Expo, an annual trade show in Bordeaux, Muiris had a chance encounter with Opus One winemaker Michael Silacci, which led to him running Opus One's "Maturity Project" for 2009. Muiris went on to work as the Assistant Winemaker at Ridge Vineyards working alongside legendary winemaker Paul Draper and team.

At Round Pond Estate, Muiris works together with esteemed winemaking consultant Thomas Rivers Brown and vineyard managers to fully understand the relationship between superior winegrowing and wine quality. His goal for all Round Pond Estate wines is to create beautifully crafted wines that reflect our unique Rutherford terroir.

Country born: United States

Education: Muiris returned to France to pursue an advanced winemaking education at the CFPPA in Bordeaux. He earned his Viticulture-Enology degree.

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
As Winemaker, Muiris Griffin works to create balanced and complete wines that fully reflect the Round Pond Estate. He begins with the core fruit expression of these Rutherford vineyard blocks, some of the finest and most diverse terroir around, then defines the styles of the Reserve, Estate and Napa Valley wine tiers across vintages. Muiris works together with esteemed winemaking consultant Thomas Rivers Brown and vineyard managers to fully understand the relationship between superior winegrowing and wine quality. His goal for all Round Pond Estate wines is to create beautifully crafted wines that reflect our unique Rutherford terroir.

Bottlerock LA

1050 South Flower Street
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Los Angeles  CA  90015
310-393-2888

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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Round Pond Estate 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 15
Swanson Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 15
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