Realm Cellars The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

$399

The perfect 2013 The Bard is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, coming from four vineyards that Realm uses consistently -- B Weitz, Houyi, Blair and of course, the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane in St. Helena. There are 950 cases of this extraordinary wine, which has it all. Notes of graphite, blackberries, roasted espresso and chocolate are followed by a wine of enormous, massive extraction, richness and intensity, but no hard edges. This seamless work of vinous haute couture is staggeringly rich, very long, but not the least bit heavy or overbearing. This is a killer effort that's already showing enormous complexity but should age effortlessly for 15 or more years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Yianni Stoner Delectable Pro

A little stewed and oxidative.

A little stewed and oxidative.

9.0

Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

Have to spoil @India Okoh for your celebration dinner. Stunning wine! Deep and dark ruby red and purplish hues. Thick and dark nose, a bit of bark with tons of dark berries, cinnamon, even a bit of herbs and baking spices. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Can feel a touch of heat, with layers of cinnamon, vanilla, spiced herbs and black berries. Absolutely delicious. Extracted and voluptuous. Excellent work. This will only get better over time, will wait another 5 years at least for the last bottle. Drink till 2030.

Have to spoil @India Okoh for your celebration dinner. Stunning wine! Deep and dark ruby red and purplish hues. Thick and dark nose, a bit of bark with tons of dark berries, cinnamon, even a bit of herbs and baking spices. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Can feel a touch of heat, with layers of cinnamon, vanilla, spiced herbs and black berries. Absolutely delicious. Extracted and voluptuous. Excellent work. This will only get better over time, will wait another 5 years at least for the last bottle. Drink till 2030.

9.8

Jeff Sidwell Delectable Pro

Owner Bon! Gourmet

Dense, mocha and scorched earth and a long finish

Dense, mocha and scorched earth and a long finish

Bill Bender

Bright fruit, gravitas and sultry, opulent, lusty vibes.

Bright fruit, gravitas and sultry, opulent, lusty vibes.

9.5

Daniel Taub

@Benoit Touquette pure nectar of the gods. Kudos. Cheers

@Benoit Touquette pure nectar of the gods. Kudos. Cheers

9.8

Sunil Dhaliwal

Wonderful fruit and tannin balance. Finish doesn't linger as long as 2012. Still a fave.

Wonderful fruit and tannin balance. Finish doesn't linger as long as 2012. Still a fave.

9.3

Bret Barker

Oh $hit just got real. What a wine. Decanted 2 hours . Beautiful, well balanced , blackberries and chocolate. 100 rated but we didn't go that high but still excellent.

Oh $hit just got real. What a wine. Decanted 2 hours . Beautiful, well balanced , blackberries and chocolate. 100 rated but we didn't go that high but still excellent.

9.7

Jake Rubash

Drinking really well

Drinking really well

9.3

E & K G

Dense, concentrated dark fruit with an elegant and fresh finish. What a vintage and sure to age very well. Beautiful with out smoked prime rib. #wheninamerica #drinkamerican

Dense, concentrated dark fruit with an elegant and fresh finish. What a vintage and sure to age very well. Beautiful with out smoked prime rib. #wheninamerica #drinkamerican

9.4

Nic Z

WONDERFUL

WONDERFUL

9.5