REALM CELLARS, 'THE BARD'
NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 2018
“If you factor in the production level, price...and quality, it’s arguably one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons coming out of Napa Valley today” (Jeb Dunnuck). Do I have your attention now? Since 2012, the wines from Realm Cellars have been awarded more 100-point scores from internationally recognized wine critics than any other producer in Napa Valley—an especially impressive statistic when you consider that a mere eight years ago, the winery was nearly bankrupt. Owner Scott Becker and winemaker Benoit Touquette (who turned down a position with Screaming Eagle) teamed up to revive the winery in 2012, and they transformed Realm into one of the hottest estates within the Valley. With a goal of reflecting the “pinnacle of Napa Valley winegrowing,” Realm Cellars has undeniably become a collector favorite and as such, we jumped at the opportunity to showcase the newest vintage release of Realm’s ‘The Bard’ to our customers today. For one week, you can collect your bottles with Concierge-only pricing before the wine hits stores and the prices go up!
‘The Bard’ is one of the winery’s flagship proprietary reds, a concentrated, opulent, Cabernet-based wine that showcases the best of the best in terms of Napa Valley vineyards. Fruit from esteemed vineyards like Beckstoffer To Kalon and Dr. Crane, Houyi Vineyard, Blair Vineyard, Weitz Vineyard, Fortuna Vineyard, Beckstoffer Orchard, and Realm’s Stags Leap Estate Vineyard have all found a place in previous vintages of ‘The Bard,’ making it the most complex and diverse blend that Realm produces. Vinous Media’s Antonio Galloni calls the newly released 2018 vintage “fabulous...one of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Realm.”
The 2018 is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 2% Petite Sirah, sourced from 40 different lots within Napa’s most premier vineyards. The wine is explosively powerful, deeply pigmented, and rich on the palate, offering up a bold yet finessed profile of berry compote, dark chocolate, leather, and a subtle perfumed floral note. This is the first of ‘The Bard’ vintages that has included a portion of Petite Sirah and also the first time the wine was aged partially in concrete eggs (in addition to French oak); these changes seem to have only added to the complexity and energy of the finished wine. The wine perfectly walks the line between power and elegance and has a long life ahead. Simply put, this offer can’t be missed—place your order today!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2020-2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, CT, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MN, NM, NY, TN, WA or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, October 22, 2020.