2008 Realm The Tempest

  • 94 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 112321-2008-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    (14.9% alcohol; 50% merlot, 27% cabernet sauvignon, 16% cabernet franc and 7% petit verdot): Full, bright ruby. Crushed black cherry, cassis, menthol, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Concentrated but not yet expansive, offering flavors of currant, cedar and graphite, along with a light herbal element. Sweet tannins won't get in the way of enjoying this wine in its youth, but some bottle aging should bring more texture.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Polished and complex, with rich aromas of red currant, spicy cinnamon with tomato leaf. Flavors are layered and beautifully structured, with plum, olive and loamy clay, leading to firm but ripe tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 300 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2017
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2008 The Tempest (a blend of 50% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) is a tribute to the Right Bank wines of Bordeaux. Its opaque purple color is followed by abundant aromas of graphite, white chocolate, blackberries and cassis. This is an extraordinarily endearing wine, already irresistible, and it should drink well for at least a decade or more. Virtually all of the grapes came from the Stagecoach Vineyard in the hills east of Oakville, with a small quantity of Petit Verdot coming from the Dr. Crane Vineyard in St. Helena.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Bud2123
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 107 bottles owned
  • 36 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 36 collectors)