Round Pond Estate

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 35
Vintage

2010

Round Pond Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

10 cases produced

This wine is the result of a rare co-fermenting technique, blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Using French oak puncheons with their heads removed and starting with native yeast, we hand-punched this wine while it sat on the skins for 32 days to allow tannin polymerization and early oak integration. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation added extra suppleness to the overall mouth feel, and weekly batonage integrated the tannins and built the mid-palate. Another layer was added to the aromatic fruit profile by blending in 13.5% Malbec, which shows an exceptionally intense boysenberry character and provided nice juiciness to the currants of the Cabernet and dark cherries of the Petit Verdot. Neither fined nor filtered, this wine is a truly a one-of-a-kind offering from Round Pond.


Aging Process

19 months in 100% new french oak puncheons

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.8
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

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.

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