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2015 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford

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  • red freddy Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 14, 2022 - Gift of Partial Bottle - 2% Petite Verdot - 14.7% abv

    Received (another) partial bottle from my Oenophile neighbor. We have a symbiotic relationship; I give him a 2020 Daou (Paso Robles) Cabernet Sauvignon (that he says he's been eying), and get a vintage rarity to sample in return. As I mentioned before, he is the only one in his household that inbibes, so will give me partial bottles to try (rather than let them oxidize and spoil). He has significantly upgraded my taste in wines (and cost), since I have been able to try such wines as Carlisle Zins, Hall (CA) Cabs, Williams-Selyem and Kosta Browne Pinots.

    Dark Purplish Red on the pour. Red fruit on the nose (Cherry, Blackberry & Cassis) carrying over to the full-bodied palate. Intense flavor with a full, round, mouth-feel. Soft and supple tannins for exceptional smoothness. Moderate acidity, lovely, lingering finish. An Elegant wine.

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  • Booger’s Wine commented:

    8/24/22, 10:09 AM - RED FREDDY
    I have an opportunity to pick up a half dozen 1.5 L bottles of the 2015 Round Pound Rutherford for about $148. Based yours and other comments the wine looks to be a rock-solid Napa Cab. I am a little concerned that the Cellar Tracker says this wine's drinking window is between now and 2025. Any thoughts on this starting to run out of gas after that?

  • red freddy commented:

    8/24/22, 9:42 PM - Booger. Not sure I'm a good one to ask about this, but by 1.5 L bottles I presume you mean Magnum bottles of Round Pond, which may age differently than 750 ml size. The only thing I can offer is this article on WS "how long can you cellar wines." (https://www.winespectator.com/articles/how-long-can-you-cellar-an-exceptional-california-cabernet-sauvignon-44440). I'm sure you can find several other sources of information.
    The most important thing in the article to me regards the storage conditions for those bottles. Properly stored, i wouldn't worry too much about age of the wine (I'd dip into the stash on a regular basis rather than thinking I'm waiting to the end of the window to get six bottles of exceptional wines). Importantly how have the bottles been stored prior to your acquiring them? Improperly stored, I'd drink-up sooner rather than later. Hope this makes sense.

  • Booger’s Wine commented:

    8/25/22, 12:27 PM - RED FREDDY
    Your thoughts and input are much appreciated. I was just looking for some different perspectives before I pulled the trigger.

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