Wine Spectator 89 points - A simple yet pleasing offering of dried currant, licorice, graphite and light cedary oak, ending a bit simpler. Drink now through 2024. 14,300 cases made.
(Nov 15 2015)
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WHAT IS KITH & KIN?: Old English for “Friends & Family”, Kith & Kin is a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from all corners of the Napa Valley but with its heart rooted in Rutherford. In 1992, the MacDonnell family made its very first barrel of wine using a handpicked selection of Cabernet from their Napa Valley Vineyards. Produced for family and friends, this homemade bottling sparked the MacDonnell family’s passion for making wines and became the inspiration for today’s Round Pond Estate.
The Round Pond Estate is situated in the heart of Rutherford, California, an appellation that has been famous for its world-class red wines for more than a century. The property spans 357 acres of planted vineyards, including our Red Barn Ranch, Hill’s, Round Pond and MacDonnell vineyards. To maintain the integrity of the land and to ensure its continuing bounty for generations to come, we use only sustainable farming practices in our viticulture program.
Round Pond’s soils are extremely fertile due to deposits from alluvial outflows of the Conn Creek and Napa River that took place thousands of year ago. As a result, vine health is exceptional, and the vines grow vigorously in this unique appellation. To maintain vine balance and reduce yields – both key factors for quality – we limit each vine to two clusters per shoot, making certain that no two clusters even touch one another. In addition, we carefully work the canopy to establish a good ratio of sunlight to shade. To further control vine vigor we utilize advanced technology to monitor hydration levels in the soil. When we are within days of harvesting, our skilled vineyard workers (some of whom have almost 30 years of experience at Round Pond) hand inspect each vine to discard bad berries, or even entire clusters. As a result, when the fruit is finally picked it represents a meticulous selection of only the finest grapes.
Our vineyards have been planted to selections of elite clones including 337, 7 and 8, each carefully matched with the optimal soil, rootstock and trellising system. Soil types include gravelly and sandy clay loam, while our trellising systems incorporate Geneva Double Curtain, Fletcher Lyre, Split Canopy Lyre and Vertical Shoot Positioning. Vine age at Round Pond averages 10 to 15 years.
Finally, because we own our vineyards, our winemaker is in the fortuitous position of being able to initiate harvest at ideal levels of ripeness – an essential element in crafting wines with an elegantly voluptuous and drinkable style.