- Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Benoit Touquette
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: n/a
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owner: Juan Mercardo (Founder)
- First vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2022-2055
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.
Comprised of fruit from the Stags Leap District to Calistoga, The Bard 2016 is a big, beautiful, multi-dimensional wine that is arguably Realm Cellars’ most complete. The flavours are rich, concentrated and explosive, yet the lasting impression is freshness, elegance and precision. 2016 was the first vintage made from start to finish in Realm Cellars’ own, new winery in the Stags Leap District and this additional control shows in the quality of the wine. The Bard is an excellent reflection of an auspicious Napa Valley vintage.
In 2016 the Cabernet Sauvignon is from Realm’s Estate vineyard in the Stags Leap District, Beckstoffer To Kalon, Houyi, and Blair. The Merlot is from Realm’s Estate Vineyard, Fortuna and Beckstoffer Orchard. The Petit Verdot is from Larkmead.
Comprised of fruit from the Stags Leap District to Calistoga, The Bard 2016 is a big, beautiful, multi-dimensional wine that is arguably our most complete. The flavors are rich, concentrated and explosive, yet the lasting impression is freshness, elegance and precision. 2016 was the first vintage we made from start to finish in our own winery in the Stags Leap District. We think this additional control shows in the quality of the wines. The Bard is an excellent reflection of an auspicious Napa Valley vintage.
Realm Cellars The Bard 2016 MAGNUM
"The 2016 The Bard is very deep purple-black in color and sashays out of the glass with strikingly beautiful violets, warm cassis, star anise and chocolate mint notes with hints of wood smoke, tobacco and kirsch, with blackberry compote at the core. Full, muscular and built like a brick house with layer upon layer of black, blue and red fruits, it finishes very long and savory."
98 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2018)
"The Left Bank Bordeaux theme release, the 2016 The Bard checks in as roughly 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. This cuvée is sourced from sites such as To Kolan, Dr. Crane, Weitz, and Fortuna as well as a few others, and is brought up in plenty of new oak. It has a mammoth bouquet of crème de cassis and blueberry fruits intermixed with ground herbs, graphite, chocolate, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, opulent and layered on the palate, with a powerful yet balanced, incredibly classic style, it has a certain approachability today but is going to go cruise for two decades. It’s a brilliant wine."
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sept. 2018)