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2016 Round Pond Estate Gravel Series Scholar's Gate Cabernet Sauvignon

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

...crème de cassis, licorice, tar, tilled soil and Indian spices on the nose plus a meaty waft...palate is full-bodied and compelling with grainy tannins and great length.

95+ Vinous / IWC

...core of dense, racy fruit. Unctuous and ripe, with superb balance...captures all the personality of this block on the Rutherford estate.

92James Suckling

Attractive, ripe dark berries flow freely on the nose with an edge of graphite...palate has smooth and creamy boysenberry and blackberry flavors in a supple, easygoing style.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

Rutherford AVA is just north of the Oakville AVA in the heart of Napa Valley, and it is equally distinguished. It is home to Beaulieu Vineyard and inglenook, arguably Napa Valley’s most historically influential wineries. Inglenook started making in wine in the late 19th century, and Beaulieu Vineyards was producing by the first years of the 20th century. BV founder Georges de Latour is particularly esteemed for having recruited Andre Tchelistcheff, a renowned research oenologist, to move from France to Napa Valley in 1938 and run BV’s winemaking. The legendary Tchelistcheff brought European winemaking techniques to Napa Valley and vastly improved wine quality. Other Rutherford winemakers followed his lead. Today there are 5,000 vineyard acres in Rutherford and many acclaimed producers. The famous Silverado Trail with its exclusive, limited production wineries, runs partly through Rutherford AVA. Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignons are characterized by supple tannins, richness, notes of cherry and plum, depth and the ability to age for several decades. Besides Cabernet Sauvignon the AVA also grows Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. It received its AVA designation in 1994.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.