Gravel Series Wines

Round Pond Estate

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About The Gravel Series Wines

The Gravel Series wines represent the quest of the MacDonnell family to marry its exceptional 30 year history of winegrowing with the collaborative efforts of two of the most talented winemakers in Napa Valley, Round Pond Estate Winemaker Muiris Griffin and Consulting Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.

“Above all else, this Rutherford site sits on prized dirt, and that is exactly what comes through in the Round Pond wines. In a word: pedigree.”

— Antonio Galloni

Secret Garden

Cabernet Sauvignon

The Secret Garden is a hidden oasis and historic vineyard that sits at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range in Napa Valley’s famed Oakville bench.  This wine’s remarkable pedigree and the opportunity to share it among family and friends led us to seek out this special vineyard.  Wonderfully gravelly earth and meticulously farmed grapes produce a wine of complexity, nuance, elegance and femininity.

We dedicate this wine to our Mother – an incredible role model for all the women in our family – whose strength is legendary and eye for beauty remarkable.

93+ points | Antonio Galloni’s Vinous – 2012 Vintage
93-96 points | Antonio Galloni’s Vinous – 2013 Vintage

Scholar’s Gate

Cabernet Sauvignon

Traditionally a mark of respect to honor the accomplishments of the first family scholar, the Scholars Gate is a tribute to perseverance, determination and the power of hard work.  This wine applauds the success of all who strive to achieve great things, overcome challenges, and be extraordinary.

Selected from micro sites in the northern corner of our Rutherford vineyards, this wine is big, bold, structured, intense and beautiful.

We dedicate this wine to our Father and his belief that through hard work you can achieve anything.

91-94 points | Antonio Galloni’s Vinous – 2013 Vintage

The Vow

Cabernet Sauvignon

Composed of the finest selections from Round Pond Estate, the Vow is sourced from a narrow strip of gravel that runs through the South East corner of our Rutherford vineyard.  This wine is well structured, expressive, dark and serious.  The Vow represents our commitment to past and future generations, to Rutherford and its place in producing outstanding Cabernets.

We dedicate this wine to our siblings, with whom we walk through life and strive to make a difference for the next generation.

94 points | Antonio Galloni’s Vinous – 2012 Vintage
94-97 points | Antonio Galloni’s Vinous – 2013 Vintage

Vineyards

Rutherford

For more than a century, Rutherford – in the heart of the Napa Valley – has been recognized for producing red wines of incomparable opulence and elegance. This coveted winegrowing area is home to some of the oldest and most storied wineries and winemakers in the United States. Famous post-prohibition winemaker, André Tchelistcheff, is widely praised for coining the phrase: “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet” and thus solidified Rutherford’s place as one of the world’s most preeminent wine growing regions.

Oakville

The Secret Garden is a hidden oasis and historic vineyard that sits at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range in Napa Valley’s famed Oakville bench. Located just north of Yountville in the Oakville AVA, Mbar Ranch sits on the site of one of Napa Valley’s earliest planted vineyards. Neighbored by acclaimed vineyards and wineries including To Kalon, Beckstoffer’s Missouri Hopper, Martha’s Vineyard, and Harlan, the site’s wonderfully gravelly earth, sloping grade and mature vines produce a wine of complexity, nuance, elegance and femininity.

Winemakers

Muiris Griffin + Thomas Rivers Brown

The wines produced under the Gravel Series label are a collaborative effort between the MacDonnell family, Winemaker Muiris Griffin and Consulting Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. The MacDonnell family’s 30 year tradition of growing world class Rutherford Cabernet combined with Muiris’ dedication to extraordinary winemaking and Thomas’ skillful palate and exceptional blending, result in a very special series of wines. Muiris Griffin has worked alongside some of the world’s most highly regarded winemakers, including Michelle Rolland of Chateau Pape Clement, Michael Silacci of Opus One and Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards. Thomas Rivers Brown built his career consulting for outstanding Cabernet houses in the Napa Valley, including Schrader Cellars, Maybach and Outpost and has received numerous accolades including Food & Wine Magazine’s Winemaker of the Year award and multiple 100 point scores from Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate.

“Round Pond remains one of the true under the radar jewels of Napa Valley.”

— Antonio Galloni

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About The Signature Membership

The Round Pond Signature Membership is an exclusive club for individuals who share our passion for fine wines and extraordinary Napa Valley experiences. At the heart of the membership is access to our Gravel Series Wines.

We have identified microsites with specific soil profiles we call "gravel streaks", capable of growing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. These unique gravel sections within our Rutherford and Oakville Estate vineyards, offer extremely porous soils that produce optimal color, complexity, and depth of flavor.

The Gravel Series wines represent the quest of the MacDonnell family to marry its exceptional 30 year history of winegrowing with the collaborative efforts of two of the most talented winemakers in Napa Valley, Round Pond Estate Winemaker Muiris Griffin and Consulting Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.

Members are guaranteed priority access to our extremely limited Gravel Series Wines. In addition, members receive special estate access, including private wine lockers to cellar the age-worthy Gravel Series Wines and privately host groups. A personal concierge is also at the disposal of members to ensure every visit to the Napa Valley is a memorable one.

Experiences

Four Seasons

The Four Seasons of Round Pond are exclusive, seasonally inspired events centered around the unique activities at the heart of each season. These hands-on, behind-the-scenes insights into the growing and winemaking process are not to be missed.

The Family

As an honorary member of the family you'll have your own personal Gravel Series wine locker, exclusive use of the reserve tasting room to share with friends and family, complimentary year-round shipping, and access to a personal concierge.

Savor & Share

Share our passion for winemaking, hand-crafted artisan foods, and gardening with your friends and family. Unparalleled experiences at both the winery and olive mill await you and your guests, giving you the opportunity to savor the authentic Napa Valley lifestyle.

Join the Gravel Series Mailing List

Once you become a member of our mailing list, you will receive an email with your wine allocation. Access to the Gravel Series Wines is guaranteed to our Signature Members. All remaining wine, if available, will be offered to our mailing list on a priority based format.

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