• Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Benoit Toquette
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
  • Vintage production: n/a
  • Winery location: Stags Leap District
  • Owner: Juan Mercardo (Founder)
  • First vintage: 2005
  • Drinking window: 2020-2049


About The Wine:


The Absurd stems from a simple yet fantastically complex proposition: it’s the very best wine that Realm Cellars produces.


It began in 2005, a big, gorgeous vintage that gave an abundance of glorious fruit. With no rules, no restrictions, Realm created what they called the super blend, the best of the best. In 2005, it so happened that the blend was 38% Petit Verdot. They thought that was kind of absurd.


The name stuck, though the meaning has morphed into a wine that is ‘absurdly good.’ Realm only make The Absurd in certain years, when there is enough fruit to make this small blend without impacting the other Realm wines. The Absurd could be one varietal, it could be five. It could come from one vineyard lot, it could come from a dozen.


Each time Realm make The Absurd they start with a blank canvas. Their sole guideline is their palate; their sole aim is the best Napa Valley wine of the vintage.


The Absurd is essentially beyond description, which is why we’ve chosen only to provide the context for this wine.  The Absurd represents an ideal, one that stems from a simple yet fantastically complex proposition: it’s the very best wine that Realm produces.


Benoit thinks of it as the fleur de sel of the Realm portfolio, the peak of the pyramid. He starts from a blank slate each vintage, envisioning what could be possible if he allowed himself the freedom to create the ideal wine. There are no rules, and no restrictions. It could be one varietal, it could be several. It could be one barrel, it could be six. Created for long-term aging and held back a year to allow additional time in the bottle, The Absurd represents the essence of Realm Cellars.


Realm Cellars The Absurd 2016

  • "Lastly, and made with the idea of producing the best of the best (it’s the first blend the team put together), the 2016 The Absurd checks in as 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, the rest Petit Verdot brought up in new barrels. It’s a hedonistic dream offering incredible black and blue fruits, gravelly minerality, cold fireplace, smoke tobacco, and forest floor. Deep, layered, and straight-up massive on the palate, it’s another wine from this estate that stays weightless and elegant. Few wines can carry this incredible mix of richness and elegance, and this beauty is unquestionably one of the finest wines in the vintage."

    100 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)

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