This newest vintage of Realm ‘Bard’ Red is outstanding. Bard is a great representation of the style of Realm that we have to come to love. Made by Benoit Touquette, the 2018 is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Petite Sirah. It comes from grand cru grower vineyards including Beckstoffer To Kalon, Realm Stags Leap District Estate, Beckstoffer Bourn and Farella. "Red, blue and black fruit jumps out of the glass; the black fruit may be more dominant/hedonistic, yet the wine shows brightness and finesse. This is a sexy, creamy, juicy The Bard, with spiciness and a savory umami quality that leaves you wanting more. The wine hits on all cylinders; it’s perfumed, layered and complex, ending with a note of licorice." – Benoit Touquette. 96+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.