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Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon The Bard Napa Valley 2021  - First Bottle


98 Jeb Dunnuck -
Lastly, the 2021 The Bard checks in as 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah. This beauty has a killer bouquet of cassis, spring flowers, graphite, chalky minerality, and violets. This carries to a full-bodied, seamless, silky,flawlessly balanced effort revealing fine tannins, a good sense of freshness, and a thrilling finish.
97 The Wine Independent -
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Petite Sirah, the fruit for the 2021 The Bard comes from sites across the valley, including some estate fruit and some sourced fruit. Deep garnet-purple colored, it shoots from the glass with vibrant notions of crushed black currants, red currant jelly, black raspberries, and pencil shavings, giving way to notes of lilacs, dark chocolate, and a waft of spearmint. The full-bodied palate is firm with ripe, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone framing the tightly wound red, black, and blue fruit flavors, finishing with great length and a real skip in its step.

Technical Details

  • Blend83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Petite Sirah
  • WinemakerBenoit Touquette
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • Harvest DateSeptember 15th – October 8th
  • Alcohol14.6%

Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon The Bard Napa Valley 2021

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
JD98, TWI97

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Beckstoffer To Kalon, Dr. Crane, Blair Vineyard, Weitz Vineyard, Fortuna Vineyard, and Beckstoffer Orchard are all here in Realm’s always masterful The Bard. 97 points is the only stellar review out there so far, but you can rest assured that more will follow! We have just a handful of cases...

After the 2020 vintage took off, the anticipation building behind this latest release from Realm is simply palpable! Made by the irrepressible Benoit Touquette, the French-born genius winemaker extraordinaire behind dozens of “culty” Napa Valley wines – The Bard is the rare blend of Realm’s second-to-none fruit sourcing. Did you see that line-up?

The Bard’s unique blend of the best barrels from all of their sources for 2021 clocks in at some 83% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot, and 1% petite sirah. Truly a masterpiece of wine blending, it’s one of those Napa cabernets that grabs you and does not let go for minutes – it’s also worth mentioning that at $169.95, for a 97-pointer, from REALM, this is VERY well priced.

The perfumed, and elegant nose leads with lilacs, and minty coolness, with pencil shavings and dark, black berry fruits. The flavors align and deepen from the first sip, with concentrated yet deft sensations of black currants, blackberries, raspberries, kirsch, and blueberries, plus accents of graphite, crushed rock, and softly integrated oak whispers. The finish is never-ending, and for such a young and powerful Napa cabernet sauvignon – this opens and finishes brilliantly!

We can never get as much as we’d like, so our suggestion is to grab what you can from our small allocation without delay! More big scores are sure to come, but by then, the wine will most likely be long gone...

PAIRING IDEAS: Huge, sexy, very young cabernet needs power and simplicity – this is, of course, going to be either a killer grilled/seared piece of meat (we like Brazilian picanha cuts) or a burger. The burger should be minimalist (no chilis, bacon jam, or any of that stuff), and meaty. Enjoy!

About the Producer

Realm is an established winery in the Stags Leap District, with vineyards stretching from the Silverado Trail to the top of Wappo Hill. Realm is run by two partners: Scott Becker and Benoit Touquette.