2019 realm cellars, the bard, napa valley
Why We're Buying
The Bard is another tribute to Shakespeare and the classic wines of Bordeaux. This red blend pays homage to the Left Bank, with its density, weight, and unmistakable concentration. Realm Cellars uses five grapes from its Napa Valley vineyards, though cabernet sauvignon dominants the cuvée at 70%.
The 2019 The Bard checks in as 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, and it’s another dense, rich, powerful wine from this team that readers are going to absolutely love. Coming from throughout the valley (it’s always a great representation of the vintage), it offers up a brilliant nose of crème de cassis, ripe plums, graphite, scorched earth, and chocolate. About as seamless as they come on the palate, it’s full-bodied and has a thrilling texture, building tannins, and a gorgeous finish. It’s one of those wines where I feel like I’m overusing adjectives, but it’s warranted.