2013 The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon Realm Cellars

The 2013 Realm Cellars Bard Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the superstars of the quite brilliant 2013 Napa vintage, and, with a perfect score from Parker, a very firm buy.


Realm’s philosophy is to access some of Napa’s finest sites and create either single-vineyard bottlings or proprietary blends. The results have been superb and, according to Robert Parker, Realm Cellars now produces “incredible wines.” However, with most only accessible through the direct allocations from their mailing list, finding them is always tough.


Such success is built on strong foundations, with winemaker Juan Mercado learning his trade from Napa icons, Thomas Rivers Brown and John Kongsgaard while using international consultant Michel Rolland. In a year as profound as 2013 they are simply staggering, and with a perfect 100 points the “seamless… staggeringly rich” this Bard Cabernet Sauvignon is the one that collectors and connoisseurs across the globe will be clamouring for.

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Average critic rating : 100.0 points



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. Dec 2015, www.erobertparker.com, Drink 2015-2030


FINE+RARE offers UK home delivery through our logistics partner London City Bond, with next day deliveries available for Central London addresses.
We deliver Monday to Friday; charges are £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent) for most UK postcodes.
For delivery charges to Highlands, Islands and outlying areas, please contact our Customer Service Team.


For deliveries into Hong Kong and Singapore, we offer a dedicated air and sea service.
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Spirits cannot travel on our services to Hong Kong, Singapore or Macau and require separate shipments. Please contact our Customer Service Team for further information.


Our storage costs are highly competitive. We will happily accept cases or single bottles, charging pro-rata based on the number of bottles and length of storage period.
Unlike many other wine companies, our service includes storage of duty paid wines as well as in bond from any reputable source, not just those bought through FINE+RARE.
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FINE+RARE can arrange delivery of your wines to your personal fine wine storage account:
Deliveries within London City Bond or to a Vinotheque storage account are charged at £ 8 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).
Deliveries to all other storage providers are charged at £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).

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