- Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Benoit Toquette
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot
- Vintage production: n/a
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owner: Juan Mercardo (Founder)
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2020-2040+
About The Wine:
"This blessed plot, this earth, this realm..." Immortal lines from William Shakespeare’s King Richard II, the source of Realm’s – and this wine’s – name.
Realm Cellars has made this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend since 2003, their tribute to the great wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Juan and Benoit consider The Bard to be the quintessential wine of Realm: a dense, weighty and concentrated wine that year in and year out showcases the very best Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley.
The Bard comprises fruit from Coombsville to Calistoga, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine that consistently punches above its weight. 2017 was the second vintage at Realm's estate winery in the Stags Leap District, and the extra control Benoit and the team gained in the cellar shows in the wine. The Labor Day heat wave meant more work and tougher selections, but there were also more vineyard sources in 2017, i.e. more “toys” to play with!
In 2016 the Cabernet Sauvignon is from Realm’s Estate vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Beckstoffer To Kalon, Houyi, Weitz and Blair. The Merlot is fromthe famed Blair vineyard.
Realm Cellars The Bard 2017
"Bright, juicy red and black fruit with pronounced raspberry tones in the mix. There’s a nerviness to the vintage that brings energy to the wine. The Bard in 2017 is very aromatic, with good extraction and precision. The oak journey over the palate is smooth and pleasing. A vibrant yet delicate wine with verve and complexity and grippy tannins that remind us of the 2008 vintage."
Benoit Toquette, Winemaker (Realm Cellars)