Round Pond Estate is owned and operated today by the second generation of the MacDonnell family who have built its reputation into a very highly sought-after and respected ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon producer. I tell anybody who is going to Napa that a visit at RP is pretty much a must.
Their family has been growing some of the finest wine grapes in Napa Valley’s acclaimed Rutherford region for over 40 years. Home to world-renowned American vineyards and some of the most coveted Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, Rutherford is widely recognized as one of the great viticultural regions of the world. They have one of the world’s best winemakers in Thomas Rivers Brown on staff and their Cabernets every year are amongst the most distinct and ageworthy representations.
Of course this baby has a lot of life left on it, but the critics have already got a hold and are unanimous about the wine and its potential. As Jeb Dunnuck summed it up pretty perfectly: “the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Louis Bovet showed beautifully, with a sumptuous, full-bodied, textured style carrying lots of darker currants and blue fruits as well as notes of tobacco, sappy herbs, flowers, and earth.”
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95 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
This mineral-driven red tastes of slate and stone, with a generous depth of rich red fruit. The cassis and cherry notes are layered and lengthy on the palate, with a hint of caramel and oak that complement it well.
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Louis Bovet showed beautifully, with a sumptuous, full-bodied, textured style carrying lots of darker currants and blue fruits as well as notes of tobacco, sappy herbs, flowers, and earth. It’s already drinking beautifully yet has enough tannins to allow it to evolve for 20 years.
94 Points, Wine Spectator
Delivers a solid and frankly ripe beam of cassis and plum sauce flavors, laced with red licorice and flecked with sassafras, all of which drive along nicely through a racy, structured finish underscored by a streak of iron. Offers excellent length. Best from 2023 through 2039.