• Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Benoit Touquette
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: Undisclosed
  • Vintage production: n/a
  • Winery location: Stags Leap District
  • Owners: Scott Becker & Benoit Touquette
  • First vintage: 2005
  • Drinking window: 2025-2075


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 2019

  • "This ultimate vintage expression is always a mystery blend of grape varieties and vineyard sources, representing the cream of the crop, aspiring to the extent of proprietor Scott Becker’s and winemaker Benoit Touquette’s imagination, and beyond. Deepest purple-black colored, the 2019 The Absurd captivates the mind straight away, offering a perfume so infused it requires great focus to pick out scents of blackberry preserves, juicy black plums and crème de cassis, needing some swirling to unlock the undercurrent of Indian spices, cracked black pepper, iris and chocolate mint, plus a hint of cast-iron pan. The taut, muscular, full-bodied palate is jam-packed with black fruit preserves and fragrant accents, supported by a rock-solid foundation of ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with all the generosity and shimmer that is the signature of the great 2019 vintage in Napa Valley. A breathtaking triumph! Allow it to unwind and expand over the next 5-7 years, then drink it over the following 30 years+."

    100 points, Lis Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocte, Sep. 2021)


    "Another perfect wine in the lineup is the 2019 The Absurd, and while I wasn’t able to get the blend or vineyard sources (they like to keep that a secret), it’s a thrilling, magical wine that tops out on my scale. More dense and concentrated than the Dr. Crane, especially on the mid-palate, it has an incredible, full-bodied, powerful style that carries ample darker cassis and blue fruits as well as scorched earth, tobacco, graphite, and violets. With a monster of a mid-palate, incredible tannins, no hard edges, and a level of purity that’s hard to describe, this needs to be forgotten for at least 4-5 years, and it should have 40-50 years of overall longevity."

    100 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Dec. 2021)