- Producer: Realm Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Benoit Toquette
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: n/a
- Winery location: Stags Leap District
- Owner: Juan Mercardo (Founder)
- First vintage: 2002
- Drinking window: 2020-2040+
About The Wine:
The Tempest – a famous play, a violent storm, and the name of Realm's Merlot-based blend, fashioned after the great wines of Pomerol in Bordeaux.
The Tempest was the first proprietary wine Realm released, so named for the “perfect” storm of three grape varietals that became available at the same time, from the same vineyard, in 2002 - the year of Realm's tumultuous beginning. Though the equipment was borrowed and the winery they occupied unfinished, the grapes were sound that year – beautiful in fact – and the resulting wine reflected a fierce determination to brave the storm.
The Tempest is still made with beautiful grapes, from vineyards such as Beckstoffer Orchard and Dr. Crane, as well as Blair Vineyard in Calistoga. Predominantly Merlot, with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot depending on vintage, The Tempest is a roiling cauldron of lush, bright, red fruit – a wine that shows what Merlot can be in the right hands, from the right vineyards.
In 2017 the Merlot comes from Fortuna, Blair and Beckstoffer Orchard. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from Realm’s Estate Vineyard in the Stags Leap District, and the Cabernet Franc was from Fortuna.
A heat spell over Labor Day kicked the 2017 harvest into high gear after a relatively benign growing season. The Tempest is always a fresh wine, but 2017 may be the freshest yet, with a profile that is bright and vibrant.
Realm Cellars The Tempest 2017
"Red- and blue fruit-driven with pronounced strawberry aromas. There’s a beautiful acidity that matches the fruit and makes the wine “pop.” At the same time the wine is silky with a velvety backbone and weight on the back palate, a reminder that this is a Merlot-dominated wine."
Benoit Toquette, Winemaker (Realm Cellars)