The Tempest is full of sound and fury, signifying... the start to an exceptional evening. Jeb Dunnuck knows what we’re talking about: “This beauty is full-bodied, has a round, lush, sexy texture, ripe tannins and a great finish.” With 15 plus years of prime enjoyment ahead of it, this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon is a roiling cauldron of fresh red and blue fruit with silky tannins. In its original iteration, it was the Realm’s first proprietary red, the result of a “perfect storm” in the vineyard that inspired the final blend. In this vintage, richness from Blair vineyard in Calistoga finds balance in cool-climate fruit from Orchard and Farella. It’s a drink-me-now dream that won’t have any trouble sleeping, should you choose to tuck a few bottles away for some future midsummer’s night.
The 2019 The Tempest, Realm's Merlot based red, is not surprisingly, quite accessible. Super-ripe blackberry, cherry jam, sweet spice, licorice and new oak all flesh out as this succulent, hugely inviting wine shows off its considerable charm. The 2019 is a looker, that's for sure. The blend is Merlot from Realm Estate, Farella and Orchard, with Cabernet Sauvignon from Houyi.
The 2019 Tempest is terrific, with a dense purple hue as well as loads of ripe black cherry and jammy blueberry fruits supported by notes of chocolate, tobacco, and Asian spice aromas and flavors. This beauty is full-bodied, has a round, lush, sexy texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it has another 15 years of prime drinking ahead of it.