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Nine Suns Red Blend

Realm tasting- my WOTN — 11 days ago

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Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

David T
9.3

This one is a 93+ at this stage with room for improvements with some more age.

The Farella showed a more savory character than the rest. It’s body thicker than the others. Ruby; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries & raspberries. Herbaceous notes, soft minerality-rock powder, limestone, volcanics and just drying top soil, dry tobacco, sandalwood, perfectly executed baking spices, dark spice, vanillin, withering dark, red, blue and violets, nice round acidity, nice tension, structure, well knitted & balanced structure with an excellent full minute finish.

Pano photo of Pritchard Hill from the estate (what a stunning view), barrel room, the estates wine collection; which given the excellent producers in it (bottles of Petrus just one of very expensive producers), I’d be a little earthquake nervous & lay some thin wire over the bottles to hold them in place and their tank room.
— a month ago

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Houyi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

David T
9.6

Rich, elegant, juicy fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, raspberries, hues of purple & blue fruits, strawberries. Used leather, fresh tobacco, finely, crushed rocks, palate gripping volcanic minerals, some dry herbs, moist clay, soft, understated baking spices, amazing, perfect florals that are a mix of; dark, red, blue, violets & lavender. Perfect acidity, it is well knitted/balanced with excellent length and a beautiful, elegant finish that lasts 90-120 seconds.

Photos; Pritchard Hill pano from the estate, Realm & Nine Sun branding above their tank room, tasting table and concrete eggs.
— a month ago

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The Absurd Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

100 POINT Cult Wine.

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, tobacco, chocolates and black pepper. Very dense.

Full bodied, big and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, espresso, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, light herbs, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing great complexity with a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced, Rich and extracted.

Robert Parker 100 points.

This 9 year old is still young, but already drinking beautifully. Will continue to age nicely in the next 25 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and much better after 3 hours of airtime.

Complex, and easy to drink. Just wonderful. A good sipping wine that doesn't need food, but will also pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. A small production of only 3,000 bottles.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$1,000.
— 2 months ago

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Moonracer Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

David T
9.7

I forgot to shoot the Moonracer bottle and borrowed some of these images from their site.

This is one of my favorite wines from Realm. Very kind of Leslie to open for us. The 2021 was outstanding and have it at 97-98. Showed very well at well pop and pour.

The nose on the 2021 Moonracer was quite feminine which has great appeal to me. Dark perfume florals, ripe, lush currants but more cassis with beautiful, soft baking spices.

The palate was fresh and shows round, ruby, lush fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries. It is feminine & elegant in its style. Powdered, limestone, rocks & sandstone, soft, dark spice with gentle heat as it sets, sweet forest floor, black licorice, mixed berry cola, some soft, fresh tobacco, expensive, plush leather, softly stated baking spices-nutmeg, clove cinnamon & vanillin, melted dark chocolate, a mix of fresh, red, blue florals framed in violets & some lavender, perfect acidity, elegant, round, extremely well balanced, layered, structured long finish that is two-minutes.

One thing of note, there will be no 2022 The Absurd. The Absurd fruit will go into The Bard and a couple of their others wines. Reason, the six days of brutal heat during the potential harvest window.

Stunning pano view of Pritchard Hill from their estate. If we had been there the day before, fog and clouds would have made this photo impossible. Brand plate on their stainless steel tanks, believe a shot of their Moonracer vineyard and sitting area in their tasting room.
— a month ago

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The Fidelio Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2022

David T
9.3

They greet you at their new tasting room on Pritchard Hill (formerly Nine Suns) with their Sauvignon Blanc. Full disclosure, I am not the biggest champion of SB. But, this is very nice.

This is the only one I didn’t take realtime notes on. Classic New World SB. The body is a little gluey, waxy, lemon, lime, tropical melons, pineapple, some presence of dry cut hay/grass, soft minerality, good viscosity, yellow flowers, nice acidy and well polished finish.

Photos are from 1/25-24. Stunning view from the property looking over Pritchard Hill, entry way w/ Vinous wall maps of the PH producers & assorted artworks, their gate as you enter w/ your car and face plate of one of their beautiful tanks in the cellar, which they keep spotless.
— a month ago

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Farella-Park Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

A nice treat from Realm. — 15 days ago

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Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark ruby colored. Slightly muted nose, bright fresh fruit. Black and blue fruit up front, chocolate, tobacco, but of red cherry, minerality, quite complex, tannins tight at the open, needs a nice decant at this point. Bright, crisp, silky mouthfeel. Long finish. Some of my favorite wines are from Dr. Crane, and this is another one. — 15 days ago

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The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2021

David T
9.3

This is 93-94 this young. I was a little surprised they slotted this last in the tasting. I would have led with it. However, it didn’t end up being our last wine. Leslie was kind enough to open another.

Both plums, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, mix of dark berry cola, nice, soft baking spices-nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, vanillin, grainy limestone, wet clay, dark, rich, forest floor, some dry herbs, excellent fresh & withering florals that are a combination of; dark, red, some blue and violets, nice round acidity, a smooth, elegant finish that softly structured, balanced and wire to wire smooth and elegant with a full minute finish.

Photos of; a pano of their stunning view of Pritchard Hill, Their dual sided wall of fame of bottles the staff at the estate have enjoyed and their tasting room table. They did an excellent job curating it.
— a month ago

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Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

From a 3 liter — 15 days ago

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