Round Pond Estate

Round Pond Estate

Rutherford Syrah 2014

Dark berry look and taste, and very smooth finish. — 17 days ago

Franck Balthazar

Côtes Du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2015

Ripe black fruits, spice, round, good value — 2 days ago

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Vinos La Zorra

Teso Rufete 2014

Really interesting Spanish white. Vanilla, Lime, maybe a touch of round not citrus tropical fruit. Moderate acidity. Really nice. — 6 days ago

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Christian Ninot et Fils

Les Pellans Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017

Jan A
9.4

Excellent declassified meursault that is pushing way above its modest price tag. Round, Sulphur, great acidity — 10 days ago

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Nice pic 👍🏾

Round Pond Estate

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Huge amounts of extracted red fruit and a nice layer of fine oak. The tannins are silky folks. Fruit bomb city...🤘🏼🤘🏼🎉🎉🍷🍷 — 2 months ago

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I’m in Long Beach, California... my buddy Paul is down the road 15 minutes!!!! @Paul K @Shay A @Ron R @Eric S come hang with us some time.
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Yo Paul we got peps that want to hang. @Paul T- Huntington Beach @Eric S @Shay A @Paul K
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Cool, you guys play golf & I’ll drink the wine

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2001

David T
9.5

So, if it’s my birthday celebration, there is a juicy ribeye & some old(er) Claret.

My only disappointment with this bottle is as good as it is, there are better things still down the road.

The nose reveals classic Claret. There are earthy, funky fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets.

The body is medium full with rounded, nicely resolved, tarry tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance are really singing. It would be good to have another 2001 LMHB in ten years. While 2001 wasn’t a critically acclaimed vintage, I think LMHB over performed the vintage. As well, it followed a grand 2000 vintage which, handicapped it from the start. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, baked strawberries, bright cherries, rhubarb, figs, with shades of raspberries. Steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, stones, black, rich earth, clay, dry top soil, dry herbs, dark berry cola, cedar, leather, not quite fresh tobacco, underbrush, graphite, gentle, dark spice with soft heat, slight peppery notes, clove, touch of nutmeg & cinnamon & vanillin, anise to black licorice, eucalyptus notes with fresh & slightly candied florals of, red, dark, blue, purple & violets. The acidity is excellent...like a gentle rain shower. The long finish is elegance defined, extremely well balanced ending in soft, round, dry, dusty tannins with beautiful spice.

Photos of; Chateau La Mission Haut Brion & estate vines, beautiful barrel room, pond & Roman columns and the back vow of the Chateau.

Please indulge me while I post some history on this grand producer. As much as I love the wine, I love the history & people that do the hard work to bring us such great wines.

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is not quite as old as Chateau Haut Brion. However, they are opposite side of the road neighbors. La Mission Haut Brion dates back to the late 16th century. The property came into being after it was purchased by Jean de Pontac in 1533. US winery history is a baby compared to France.

In 1607, the estate changed hands. It was inherited by Ms. Olive de Lestonnac. What an inheritance!

In 1815, something rare happened. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion became the property of an American owner, the Chiapelle family. At the time, the family was already involved in the Bordeaux wine trade. In fact, they knew about the business as they had managed a myriad of different estates including Chateau Cos d’ Estournel.

La Mission Haut Brion continued to change hands until it was finally sold to another American family, the Woltner’s. Frederic Woltner purchased La Mission Haut Brion in 1919. The also became owners on Howell Mountain.

It changed hands one final time in 1983 when it was purchased by Domaine Clarence Dillon, the owner of neighboring, Chateau Haut Brion. They renovated the entire property, starting with replanting the vineyards which, was completed in 1987.

The 26 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion is planted to; 45.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43.8% Merlot and 10.4% Cabernet Franc. 3.5 hectares of vines are reserved for the production of the white Bordeaux.

To produce the red wine of Chateau La Mission Haut Brion, the wine is vinified in large, 180 hectoliter, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and aged in 100% new, French oak for an average of 22 months. The annual production of La Mission Haut Brion averages between 6,000 and 7,000 cases per year.
— 11 days ago

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Stuart Scheff

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@David T great review
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Enjoy !
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@Stuart Scheff Thank you! Cheers! 🍷

Domaine Jean Chartron

Montmorin Rully Chardonnay 2017

Yummy! Round, silky, creamy — 14 days ago

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Myriad Cellars

Round Pond Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ron R
9.4

A much maligned vintage, which we don’t see in the wines that we’ve tasted.
@Martin G Rivard brought this to our attention. We really enjoy wines from the Round Pond vineyard, but never knew this existed.
The nose displays charcoal and dense black fruits. Palate is powerful with big tannins and complementary acidity. Lovely sweetness and texture on the mid -palate. This is a power play expression of a Napa cab - not for the feint of heart...
Leave this to unfurl for a few more years, if you can resist it!
Happy valentines 😍
— 2 months ago

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@Eric Bass, what is this wine that I’m not going to try spelling???
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@Weijie Shi (Jay), go to the top of the class. If you’re ever in the tri-state area, swing by and tip a glass with us. Same to you #, @Eric Bass, @Ryan Vento. Wine is for sharing. You peeps are welcome.
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@Ron R Perfectly said and much appreciated! I meant to write Quivet cellars...https://www.quivetcellars.com/

Walter Scott

Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Wow! This is one stylish Chardonnay! Had to pop one early...big, bold, intense flavors of ripe juicy lime/lemon with round sweet succulent pear. Weight and richness of barrel fermentation without any noticeable oak. The wine is round and pleasurable...long, smile-inducing finish. Can’t wait to see the development of this wine at 5,7, 10 year increments. Can’t shout this loud enough.. “You need to be buying lots of Willamette Chardonnay.” — 6 days ago

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