The Bard

The Bard

The Most Dynamic Expression of Napa Valley

The flagship of Realm’s portfolio, The Bard is the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Proprietary Blend we’ve made since 2003. We consider The Bard to be the most dynamic expression of Napa Valley: a blend of grapes from Coombsville to Calistoga, from the east to the west sides, from the hillsides to the valley floor. 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. Outstanding vineyards such as Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer Bourn, Blair, Houyi, Larkmead, Realm SLD Estate, Farella, Orchard and Bettinelli Upper Range have all found a place in the wine. While the composition of The Bard varies from year to year, Cabernet Sauvignon typically comprises over 70% of the blend, joined by lesser percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Behind the Label: The Bard

Appellation
Napa Valley

Vineyard/Blocks
Blair, Houyi, Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer Bourn, Larkmead, Realm SLD Estate, Farella, Orchard, Bettinelli Upper Range

Dominant Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon

Sense of Place

A dynamic blend from throughout Napa Valley; from Coombsville to Calistoga, east side to west side, hillside and valley floor

Distinguishing Characteristics
Punches above its weight; richness, complexity; red and black fruit

Production Volume
50,000 bottles

First Vintage
2003

"Boxing was just a means to introduce me to the world." - Muhammad Ali. Photograph of The Greatest: My Own Story. Graymalkin Media, 1975.

"Boldness, be my friend" -- William Shakespeare, Cymbeline. Act I, Scene VI.

Official Map of the County of Napa California. W.B. Walkup, 1915.

August 2019 Blending Session.

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