Realm Cellars

The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.578 ratings
9.618 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.6

Date Night - A tremendous gift from @Martin G Rivard! Actually, I kind of begged him for this as Anne-Marie loved the wine. Just like toilet tissue, this wine is on a roll!
Reminds me of roasted chestnuts, cinnamon and cut flowers on the nose. Palate is perfectly balanced, and multi-layered. Nice display of maraschino cherries and hints maple syrup. Tannins are perfectly poised. Acid is in check. Primo...

Date Night - A tremendous gift from @Martin G Rivard! Actually, I kind of begged him for this as Anne-Marie loved the wine. Just like toilet tissue, this wine is on a roll!
Reminds me of roasted chestnuts, cinnamon and cut flowers on the nose. Palate is perfectly balanced, and multi-layered. Nice display of maraschino cherries and hints maple syrup. Tannins are perfectly poised. Acid is in check. Primo...

Sep 21st, 2019
Roy Goble

Love this wine. Must find more as this was my last bottle of 2012.

Love this wine. Must find more as this was my last bottle of 2012.

Jul 13th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Super dark ruby red. Lovely nose with tons of spices, dark berries, lavender, and smoke. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Dark palate with blackberries, cassis, sweet spices and touch a minerality. Drink till 2037.

Super dark ruby red. Lovely nose with tons of spices, dark berries, lavender, and smoke. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Dark palate with blackberries, cassis, sweet spices and touch a minerality. Drink till 2037.

Nov 3rd, 2017
David L

12' Realm The Bard. This puppy is ready to roll. Sensational!

12' Realm The Bard. This puppy is ready to roll. Sensational!

Jan 8th, 2017
Ron R
9.7

Yet another wine that has presented perfectly on day two. I have more respect for Cali producers who produce juice that is able to stands upright on day two. It's still ultra-rich, and deeply textured. Kudos to the winemaker. There are also some very interesting text referencing early English monarchs on the front label. Will ask my art historian daughter to assist with decoding the faint signals.

Yet another wine that has presented perfectly on day two. I have more respect for Cali producers who produce juice that is able to stands upright on day two. It's still ultra-rich, and deeply textured. Kudos to the winemaker. There are also some very interesting text referencing early English monarchs on the front label. Will ask my art historian daughter to assist with decoding the faint signals.

Oct 17th, 2016
Martin G Rivard

Definitely the wine of the evening! The 12. Bard is so young and yet so elegant. I'll definitely TRY to cellar my remaining bottles BUT it will be difficult!!!!

Definitely the wine of the evening! The 12. Bard is so young and yet so elegant. I'll definitely TRY to cellar my remaining bottles BUT it will be difficult!!!!

Jan 31st, 2016
Andrew S

Still young, but beautiful!

Still young, but beautiful!

Jan 20th, 2016
Peter Zandbergen

Delicious!! Very rich style

Delicious!! Very rich style

Mar 27th, 2021
Jim McCusker

Too bad I can’t afford these anymore (started buying Realm with their first vintage in 2002), because this is spectacular.

Too bad I can’t afford these anymore (started buying Realm with their first vintage in 2002), because this is spectacular.

Nov 2nd, 2020
James Prusko

Oak, velvet

Oak, velvet

Oct 24th, 2019