Realm Cellars The Tempest Napa Valley Red Blend 2005

Ratings on Delectable

Matt Perlman Delectable Pro

Sweet jammy red fruit, vanilla, oak tannins, hot

Sweet jammy red fruit, vanilla, oak tannins, hot

8.5

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Drinking very well right now.

Drinking very well right now.

9.3

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Boysenberries, huckleberries, olallieberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, a touch of spice and violets on the nose. There is a dark stewed syrupy character to the fruits on the plate. They are; boysenberries, huckleberries, blueberries, olallieberries, blackberries, black cherries, black plum, pancakes, spice-box, tobacco ash, suede type leather, black moist turned earth, dry used coffee grounds, black tea, black cherry licorice, Planters nut candy bar, sage, underbrush, toasted coconut, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, well done toast, dry dark florals, wet crushed rocks, nice, soft, volcanic minerals, good bottle evolution, tannins are 60% resolved, the structure is beautiful, still nice tension, long length with a nearly perfect balance of fruit and earth. The acidity is good but could be better. The finish is rich, balanced dark fruit & minerals,elegant and lasts for nearly a minute.

Boysenberries, huckleberries, olallieberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, a touch of spice and violets on the nose. There is a dark stewed syrupy character to the fruits on the plate. They are; boysenberries, huckleberries, blueberries, olallieberries, blackberries, black cherries, black plum, pancakes, spice-box, tobacco ash, suede type leather, black moist turned earth, dry used coffee grounds, black tea, black cherry licorice, Planters nut candy bar, sage, underbrush, toasted coconut, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, well done toast, dry dark florals, wet crushed rocks, nice, soft, volcanic minerals, good bottle evolution, tannins are 60% resolved, the structure is beautiful, still nice tension, long length with a nearly perfect balance of fruit and earth. The acidity is good but could be better. The finish is rich, balanced dark fruit & minerals,elegant and lasts for nearly a minute.

9.3

Eric S

Nice start to the weekend after some sub par wines earlier this week. Awesome bright purple in the glass with a nose of blue fruit and bramble. Perfect balance of fruit, oak with some tannin still hanging out. Long finish with some bite. Plenty of life left. Love Realm!

Nice start to the weekend after some sub par wines earlier this week. Awesome bright purple in the glass with a nose of blue fruit and bramble. Perfect balance of fruit, oak with some tannin still hanging out. Long finish with some bite. Plenty of life left. Love Realm!

9.4

Jim McCusker

Another bottle from a couple of weeks ago that I forgot to post, this is a pretty early incarnation of The Tempest. Although Realm's more recent vintages are getting raves and lots of press right now (and deservedly so), this is a great example that showed the potential of this winery years ago. A terrific merlot-driven meritage, this wine had a great combination of primary and secondary flavors (dried cherries, hints of leather...and perhaps a touch of anise if you can believe it). Beautifully balanced with a lingering finish, I can't imagine this wine drinking any better than it is right now. Terrific wine from Juan Mercado and the rest of the team at Realm!

Another bottle from a couple of weeks ago that I forgot to post, this is a pretty early incarnation of The Tempest. Although Realm's more recent vintages are getting raves and lots of press right now (and deservedly so), this is a great example that showed the potential of this winery years ago. A terrific merlot-driven meritage, this wine had a great combination of primary and secondary flavors (dried cherries, hints of leather...and perhaps a touch of anise if you can believe it). Beautifully balanced with a lingering finish, I can't imagine this wine drinking any better than it is right now. Terrific wine from Juan Mercado and the rest of the team at Realm!

9.4

Josh Abramson

Exceptionally good Napa cab

Exceptionally good Napa cab

9.5

Andrew Benn

Sweet notes Well melded tannins, red fruit and black fruit Bit of spice Third Meritage wine in the Hanukkah celebration. Might have commanded an even better score but it was chasing the Dominus and the Les Pavots Glad I own two more

Sweet notes Well melded tannins, red fruit and black fruit Bit of spice Third Meritage wine in the Hanukkah celebration. Might have commanded an even better score but it was chasing the Dominus and the Les Pavots Glad I own two more

9.4

Anna Sangiacomo

The most delicious wine !!!

The most delicious wine !!!

10

Xavier Valero

Cherry's on the nose. Very fruity. High tannin. Very good.

Cherry's on the nose. Very fruity. High tannin. Very good.

9.4

Carla Hine

#nopenopenope

#nopenopenope

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.