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Realm The Falstaff 2015

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Realm The Falstaff 2015


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Our Cabernet Franc-dominated proprietary blend takes its name from one of Shakespeare's most vividly-drawn comedic characters, a knight of formidable appetite, a Joker with spirit and wit. Cabernet Franc is not widely grown in Napa Valley, and Falstaff was added to the portfolio only after we secured grapes that met our standards for the wine. Kenefick Ranch in Calistoga and Weitz Vineyard and Fortuna Vineyard in Oakville are typical vineyard sources. Modeled after the Garagiste wines of Bordeaux's Right Bank, Falstaff can be counted on for an ethereal, perfumed nose - botanicals and potpourri - a hallmark of the Cabernet Franc varietal. While composition varies by vintage, Falstaff is predominately Cabernet Franc, with Cabernet Sauvignon playing a supporting role.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
Brand Realm
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Wine AdvocateComposed of 88% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot, the 2015 The Falstaff gives a deep garnet-purple color and compelling nose of crushed wild blueberries and blackberries plus fragrant earth and Indian spices nuances, with coaxing, lovely garrigue, dried roses, cigar box and crushed rock nuances. The palate is soft and sleek, with an elegant, medium to full body and very fine-grained tannins supporting the intense blue and black fruit flavors, layering in spice box, earth and bay leaf notions on the long finish. 300 cases were made.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 31, 2017