2015 Realm Cellars The Absurd

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • csimm1161 wrote:

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): A chocolate cream and vanilla bean dream that saturates the entire mouth with creamy oak, massively luscious dark fruit, chocolate syrup, and alcohol. This behaved very much like the Realm Crane we had the evening prior at TFL. Gobs of really ripe fruit hammering away at the palate with so much excess that it becomes overwhelming for me. It’s an Applebee’s Long Island Iced tea of wine, with so much going on that it is hard to keep track of what to actually focus on. If anything, this needs a handful of years to hopefully sort itself out.

    24 hours later, a revisit on this bottle certainly showed its ability to relax on the booze a bit more, but it had essentially collapsed under the weight of its own fruit. It was heavy and sluggish. Perhaps there was a window of excellence that occurred between when we opened it the night before and then after 24 hours, but I surely missed it somewhere along the line. For those holding bottles, continue to do so. Opening the Absurd at this stage seems exceptionally hasty. Give it 5+ years and hope its ripeness doesn’t hold the rest of the wine hostage forever.

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  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 7:05 AM - Applebee's Long Island Iced tea! These notes are fantastic.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/1/21, 9:14 AM - Not sure about the crossover between Applebee's customers and Realm customers, but it was (perhaps unfortunately) one of the first things I thought of when we opened this wine. :(

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    5/1/21, 9:18 AM - Realm is a producer I was turned onto late. I have one bottle of 16 Absurd and will most likely be my only. I meet a lot of folks who have been with them from the start and are completely turned off by the allocation system and pricing.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    5/1/21, 9:49 AM - I am THAT guy now. I have been with them for years and it has unfortunately been a challenge to hang in there and hope for the little shop that it once was somehow come back into the fold. Stylistically I've been moving away from the sheer overt Napa Cabs and trying to find those with more nuance. I don't want straight red currant and cedar chip Cabs, but at least those who qualitatively are at the top echelon AND don't make you go through goofy hoops to acquire their wine.

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