realm cellars, farella cabernet sauvignon, napa valley 2018
JEB DUNNUCK
97
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

2018 realm cellars, farella cabernet sauvignon, napa valley

Why We're Buying

Farella is a 100% cabernet sauvignon with a full-body, stunning richness, and fantastic depth. Wine critic James Suckling gave the 2014 vintage a 99-point rating, praising its “Coombsville magic.” The only problem for investors is that Realm Cellars only releases 400 or so cases per year.

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
97

Jeb Dunnuck

Also all Cabernet Sauvignon, and the first vintage where this team has also done the farming, the 2018 Farella Estate spent 16 months in 75% new French oak. More vibrant red and blue fruits, graphite, flowers, and spice notes define this beauty, which is full-bodied and has an elegant, seamless texture, great tannins, and a beautiful, classy style“

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Realm took over the management of the Farella vineyard from 2018 with a view to eventually assume possession of the property. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard is their first "Estate" wine from the vineyard. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with youthful notes of fresh black plums, Morello cherries, ripe blackcurrants and Black Forest cake plus hints of cumin seed, damp earth and spice box with subtle hints of tobacco and new leather. Medium to full-bodied, it has a solid foundation of fir, grainy tannins and lovely freshness supporting the bright, crunchy fruit, finishing long with a provocative, lifted perfume. Note that no 2017 Farella Vineyard was made

JAMES SUCKLING
98

James Suckling

An intense nose of ripe blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, clove and sandalwood. It’s full-bodied and so juicy with a wealth of ripe black fruit and layers of sweet spices. Ripe, velvety tannins and a long finish. Already impressive, but deserves a few years to develop. Drink from 2022