2002 Realm - The Tempest 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2012
Author: James Laube


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Vinfolio | Rating: 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2004-2017
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Realm Cellars' mission is to produce handcrafted Bordeaux varietals, in limited quantities, from the finest fruit available in Napa Valley.

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