Red

2018 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2024 - 2057 (Edit)
CT92.5 3 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 97 points

    July 18, 2021 - I have a love hate relationship with Realm recently (especially with Absurd and Bard which I currently do not understand at present). My expectation here was I’d be in agreement with the disgruntled taster Collector1885 below but fortunately this was not the case.

    Opened in the bottle all day but actually showing decently from the start. Heavy oak and chewy tannins eventually calm at hour 5 or 6 giving way to ultra ripe black/blue fruit, mountains of cassis, pipe tobacco and the Crane minerality that draws me to this wine. Slight green pepper on the nose and front that will likely fade with years in bottle.

    This is a glass stainer not everyone however it’s done about as well as the style can be. Give it 5 years as even on the second night the structure and tannins still gripped. Crane and To Kalon will remain buys for me.

    The fact someone believe this drinks until 2057 surprises me. These are 10-15 year wines max in my opinion.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • #1Winelover wrote:

    May 6, 2021 - Has anyone had this yet? I am very excited to try it but I don't want to waste a bottle and I no longer have confidence in my Coravin!

  • Collector1855 wrote: 88 points

    January 15, 2021 - Parker 100 pointer blind tasting set. For all those who think Barossa Shiraz is too Chablis-esque, there is this wine. I drank it next to the 2015 Astralis and it made that wine look like a Bojo Nouveau. This is not wine, this is syrup and, thank you, I stopped drinking syrup when I moved into adolescence. How can they make this and think a connoisseur will like it? Starts with the color, are we talking deep purple or black? Then the nose, Amarone comes to mind, bakery, blueberry, sweet, stewed black jam. Continues on the the palate... Neither the well managed tannins and acidity can rescue this monster. Glad the Parker era is over, hopefully wines like this as well any time soon (but don't keep your hopes up with global warming though). Score higher if you can handle this style.

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    Napa Valley’s 2018s, 1/27/2021 (link)

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    Napa Valley’s Thrilling 2018s & 2019s, Part 1 (Jan 2021), 1/1/2021 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Realm Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

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  • Pending Delivery 47 (5%)
  • In Cellars 875 (89%)
  • Consumed 57 (6%)

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