Round Pond Estate

SVS Gravel Series Blend
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 171


Round Pond Estate

SVS Gravel Series Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon

10 cases produced


  • Three microsite lots from our two estate vineyards: two lots from Rutherford, one lot from Oakville
  • Each lot has a unique profile; the blend of the three combines strength, complexity and femininity
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon densely concentrated with serious structure and beautiful balance
  • Crafted by winemakers Thomas Rivers Brown and Jaime "JJ" Dowell

The Round Pond 2016 SVS Gravel Series Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of our most elite tier of wines – the Gravel Series Secret Garden, Scholar’s Gate and The Vow. This wine is comprised of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all coming from unique gravel streaks within our Rutherford estate vineyards and a small amount from our private Oakville Bench estate. With these designated superior vines and superlative winemaking from winemakers Thomas Rivers Brown and Jaime "JJ" Dowell, we have crafted a wine of unparalleled opulence, balance and complexity.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Jaime 'JJ' Dowell

Winemaker, Round Pond Estate

Winemaker, Jaime 'JJ' Dowell

Jaime Dowell, aka "JJ", was bitten by the winemaking bug at UC Davis in 1998, where she earned a degree in Viticulture and Enology. She hit the ground running in 2002 as an intern for Artesa, Cardinale, Atalon, and Lokoya in Napa Valley. Shortly thereafter, JJ was called back to run her family's gallery business, where she spent six years successfully growing Studio 7 Fine Arts, the East Bay's largest art gallery in Pleasanton, California. In 2008, she was unable to resist the lure of her true passion for the craft of winemaking, and left the gallery life behind to become the Winemaker for 2 small brands in the Livermore Valley: Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery. Whilst there, JJ helped to oversee a 300-acre vineyard and undertook all winery operations herself until 2011.

JJ then "harvest hopped" to New Zealand and joined Villa Maria Estate in Blenheim making high-end, small-lot Pinot Noir for a southern hemisphere vintage.

JJ then returned to California just in time for the 2011 northern hemisphere harvest as the Assistant Winemaker to Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyards in Santa Cruz. Her time there was short but rich; learning about Rhone varietals, biodynamics, and the art of Rose. In 2012 the wine gods led JJ to Alpha Omega Winery in Rutherford where she became fast friends with Winemaker Jean Hoefliger. She worked as his Associate Winemaker until the summer of 2017. Jean's 5-year mentorship shaped JJ to take the helm of winemaking at Round Pond Estate - her ultimate dream job as the Winemaker of an estate with (as she puts it) "heart, soul, and spunk!"

When asked about her new place at Round Pond, JJ said, "As I look ahead at Round Pond's already bright future, I can't wait to work on a team of incredibly talented and passionate people. Together we'll continue the journey to elevate our wines with each opportunity; pouring in wisdom, knowledge, and well-honed skills to each bottle...trying new things, repeating successful ideas, staying ahead of the curve, and blending with a fine-toothed comb."

Country born: USA

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Show off a sense of place in the bottle so you taste the terroir of the vineyard.


20 Hook Mountain
Suite 103A
Pine Brook  NJ  07058


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Blackbird Vineyards 2015 Red Wine Napa Valley Premiere Napa Valley Cuvee 21
Pine Ridge Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 5x5 20
Blackbird Vineyards 2013 Red Wine Napa Valley 19
Darioush 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 10
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards 1997 Chardonnay Los Carneros Fournier Vineyards 3
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