- Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Benoit Touquette
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 4,167 cases
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owners: Scott Becker & Benoit Touquette
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2022-2042
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. Scott 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.
In 2018, the Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Blair, Realm SLD Estate, Houyi, Upper Range and Levensohn Vineyards; the Merlot is from the Farella Estate and Orchard Vineyards; the Petit Verdot is from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Larkmead Vineyards.
Realm Cellars The Bard 2019
"The 2019 The Bard checks in as 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, and it’s another dense, rich, powerful wine from this team that readers are going to absolutely love. Coming from throughout the valley (it’s always a great representation of the vintage), it offers up a brilliant nose of crème de cassis, ripe plums, graphite, scorched earth, and chocolate. About as seamless as they come on the palate, it’s full-bodied and has a thrilling texture, building tannins, and a gorgeous finish. It’s one of those wines where I feel like I’m overusing adjectives, but it’s warranted."
99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug. 2021)