After a year without releases, Realm is back and bringing to us bold, exciting Reds. Mainly Cabernet with a little Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Petit Sirah, this Napa Valley is masterfully blended by Benoit Touquette. At his disposal are eight vineyards, including their own estate ones- Houyi and Realm SLD Estate. “Dense, weighty, and concentrated, The Bard always punches above its weight, and with multiple dimensions coming together in harmony, there is more than meets the eye in this complex wine.”
Realm Cellars has been on a growth spree lately. From humble beginnings as a garagiste-style wine start-up led by founder Juan Mercado, they have made some impressive moves. First, they acquired Hartwell in 2015, followed by quietly taking over a vineyard down in Coombsville. This increased their estate vineyard holdings to over 40 acres. But the real showstopper came in 2021, with the purchase of Houyi Vineyard and Nine Suns Winery on Pritchard Hill. Talk about a major win. Stags Leap District and Coombsville are strong AVAs, but 22 acres of prime vineyard on Pritchard Hill? That's a game-changer for Realm. They've definitely earned a feather in their cap. Led by Scott Becker and winemaker Benoit Touquette, the team is determined to achieve further growth in the coming years. As we move into the new year, the winery construction will progress to the next phase. Excitingly, we will have a front-row seat, with a direct view of the future developments. It's clear that this team has their sights set on further success.