- Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Benoit Touquette
- 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 from the famed Blair vineyard.
Realm Cellars The Bard 2017
"Based mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) and a small amount of Merlot (13%), the 2017 The Bard is another ripe, sexy wine that has more sweetness of fruit than most in the vintage. Black cherries, blackberries, scorched earth, graphite, and some violets notes all dominate the nose, and it's beautifully textured and balanced on the palate. It’s beautiful today yet has 15-20 years of prime drinking ahead of it."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)