2019 Realm 'Moonracer' Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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‘Moonracer’ is one of a few Realm wines not named with a Shakespearean nod, and one of even fewer made from their own fruit in their Stags Leap District vineyard. The name subtly honors the Wappo Native Americans who once used their elevated site as a lookout, and who were said to be consistent champions of inner-tribe races that took place under full moons. The wine itself is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cab France and Petit Verdot delivered in a complex, layered composition that winemaker Benoit Touquette refers to as “intellectual.” Always built for the long haul, this is one to hide for a few more years.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Realm SLD Estate Vineyard
Total Varietal Composition %:
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Moonracer comes from south-facing blocks on the estate in Stags Leap and is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. The tannins here are a step up, and this beauty boasts a gorgeous nose of red and black fruits, tobacco leaf, violets, and spice. It’s a more elegant, medium to full-bodied, seamless wine, accurately described as an iron fist in a velvet glove by winemaker Benoit Touquette. The balance is spot on and it has plenty of up-front appeal, yet it’s going to evolve gracefully for 20-25 years with no issues.


Wine Advocate

Moonracer comes exclusively from Realm’s Stags Leap estate vineyard, completely farmed by the Realm team. The blend this year is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Moonracer needs a little swirling to begin to reveal a gorgeous perfume of candied violets, boysenberries and blueberry pie with wafts of red and black currant jelly, spice cake and camphor, plus a touch of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has captivating elegance and expression with plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and savory. 97+



From the Realm Estate in Stags Leap, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Moonracer is an elegant, sophisticated Cabernet that shows the nuanced side of Stags Leap in its red-toned fruit profile, floral aromatics and mid-weight structure. I would give the 2019 at least a few years in the bottle. There is a certain approachability to the 2019, but ultimately I think that might be a bit deceptive relative to the wine's ultimate potential.