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2005 Realm - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Farella Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 92 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 135970-2005-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($85; 100% cabernet sauvignon) Bright medium ruby. Black cherry, mocha and nutty oak on the sweet but subdued nose. Big, rich, broad and sweet yet somehow light on its feet. A bit less fruity than the Bard but ultimately more complex, even if this will require a bit of aging to absorb its nutty oak component. Finishes with lovely ripe tannins and excellent persistence.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Combines ripe, intense, complex fruit with fine structure, balance and focus. Shows a medley of black cherry, wild berry, currant and spice, with shades of cedary oak, finishing with a pure core of fruit flavors.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2016
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    From a cooler site, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard exhibits notes of mint, black currants, cherries, and licorice. This dark purple-hued, medium to full-bodied effort reveals an attractive texture as well as an elegant mouthfeel (reminiscent of a Margaux).
    Drink Dates: 2007-2022
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: cpcolliton
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Decent cab notes but sharp tobacco and bitter tannins complicate the experience. Given my last not this wine is in a funky stage or just not in balance. The sharp finish is a real problem, gritty tannins on the finish. The good stuff is in there,black cherry, cassis and currants are there, but those flavors do not carry the finish as much as they should. The length and seamlessness previously experience was not there. i have some more to see how this unfolds but I dont think I am touching for at least 2 years, unless mandated! Hopefully not a big young wine that loses balance as the fruit and concentration settle down...my biggest problem/issue with Napa cabs.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2018
    Author: Koby
Realm Cellars' mission is to produce handcrafted Bordeaux varietals, in limited quantities, from the finest fruit available in Napa Valley.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 159 bottles owned
  • 62 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 62 collectors)