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2002 Realm - The Tempest 750ml
2002 Realm - The Tempest
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
2002 Realm - The Tempest
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 120

($65; 72% merlot and 14% each cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon) Full medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of candied blackberry, violet, minerals and bitter chocolate. Sweet, juicy and pliant, with enticing flavors of blackberry, cassis, violet and menthol. Finishes quite long, with a flavor of chocolatey oak. From an excellent merlot year, notes Hirby, who added that the merlot in 2003 was affected by "massive shatter" from the south side of Oakville south to Carneros.

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WA
91

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 162

The Tempest is the proprietors' homage to a Right Bank Bordeaux as it is composed primarily of Merlot (from Yountville). The 2002 The Tempest, a blend of 72% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, exhibits a deep, rich, attractive personality revealing notes of spice box, cedar, flowers, plums, black currants, and cherries. Silky-textured and luscious, it can be enjoyed now and over the next 8-10 years.

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WS
92

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

A bold, ripe, robust youngster, with a rich core of currant, blackberry and black cherry fruit supported by firm, ripe, mouthcoating tannins. A potent wine with lots of intensity and concentration. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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VF
92

Vinfolio Author: Vinfolio Team

Primarily comprised of Merlot, (72%) with equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from a trio of vineyard sites. The nose shows keenly focused and polished aromas of violets and cherries, with flavors of black cherry, smooth chocolate, and crushed berries. A sprinkle of soft spicy vanilla bean lingers in the finish.

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