Round Pond Louis Bovet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Round Pond Louis Bovet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Winemaker Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California. The Louis Bovet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon embodies a sharp focus on aspects of Rutherford terroir. Stylistically, this wine shows finesse and balance, with dark fruit hints, savory notes, and supple, well-formed tannins. This wine is age-worthy and deserving of a place of honor in your cellar and on your table.

Sourced entirely from the gravelly sections of our Round Pond Rutherford Estate, this wine showcases an expressive nose with aromas of crushed raspberry with cream, cassis, anise, and sarsaparilla. The palate pops with confectionary hard candy, dark cherry, and red raspberry notes as the fruit evolve from red to blue throughout the tasting experience. Pleasing acidity, well-integrated tannins, and rich fruit combine to create a beautiful and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. The Rutherford Dust is unmistakable and holds throughout the lingering finish.


Critical Acclaim

Wine Enthusiast 95: 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.

 Jeb Dunnuck 95: 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.

Wine Spectator 94: 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. 


Vintage and Vineyard Notes 

2018 vintage had a near-perfect growing season that began in late February. Spring was mild, with extended flowering yielding uniform grape clusters. Steady, warm temperatures made for a cool, unhurried harvest, and our healthy leaf canopies allowed the fruit to hang longer and ripen very slowly on the vine. Harvest began with our Sauvignon Blanc in late August and wrapped the first week of November with our Cabernet Sauvignon. The extended time on the vine and the temperate weather gave a fantastic concentration of ripe flavor and density to the grapes along with high acidity in the wines, resulting in a vintage with natural balance and finesse.  


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