A Sauvignon with plenty of charm

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A stainless wine: The 2012 Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc is produced from three different clones of Sauvignon Blanc and aged in stainless steel. | Supplied photo

Miles MacDonald and Ryan MacDonald make up the brother-sister duo at Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation. While both grew up on the estate when young, Miles pursued an MBA at Boston College and Ryan obtained her JD from Stanford Law School before returning to focus their efforts on the winery.

The 420-acre estate winery is in the heart of Napa Valley’s prime Cabernet district and nestled between Caymus and Beaulieu vineyards. The property was purchased by their parents, Bob and Jan, in 1983 and is operated as a winery, vineyard and orchard, which serve as the source for their olive oil. Rutherford is one of Napa’s sub-regions and this distinguished parcel of real estate has distinctive soils along with warm moderating valley temperatures. For many years the MacDonald’s sold all of their estate fruit to premium wineries in the area, but in 2005 they decided to produce their own label. They set aside 10 percent of their fruit now to produce Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon along with some limited labels for the wine club.

The 2012 Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc is produced from three different clones of Sauvignon Blanc and aged in stainless steel. It is precise and pure without any grassy or aggressive citrus elements, which can be typical for this varietal. Instead it is filled with soft supple fruit of guava, ripe green apples and pink grapefruit. There are some tropical overtones and honeydew flavors in the background, which draw you into this wonderfully balanced wine. It has plenty of charm and personality, making it the perfect introduction for any gathering. You may prefer to sip this wine without food and avoid distractions.

Suggested Retail: $ 21.99

W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits. Email him at wphoyne@att.net.