Realm Moonracer 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District|
A fresh, rosemary and sage character to the dark fruit. Supreme nose. Full-bodied, very tight and compact with a long and intentional finish that grabs your attention. Very specific to the place. Drink in 2020.
This is the producer's signature estate wine from Stags Leap District fruit, blending Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. From volcanic soils, it shows an earthy sensibility that's tough to shake, a lingering thread of black cherry and berry that's met halfway by sweet tobacco, crème brûlée richness and a soft undercurrent of tamed tannins.
A wine of tremendous depth and explosive energy, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Moonracer Realm Estate is just fabulous. Inky blue/purplish fruit, bittersweet chocolate, leather, licorice and cedar infuse the 2016 with tremendous character. Powerful and yet refined, the Moonracer is a winner in 2016. It is also one of my personal favorites, and that leads to wonder to what degree having complete control of farming is the reason this wine has an extra something the others just don't.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon The Estate-Moonracer comes exclusively from Realm’s Stags Leap estate and was completely farmed by them. A traditional Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, it's very deep purple-black colored and features earthy/savory notes of underbrush, smoked meats, tapenade and Marmite toast with a core of warm plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry preserves plus a touch of garrigue. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and very finely grained with wonderful freshness and depth, finishing long and mineral laced.
The third vintage from this estate vineyard in Stag’s Leap, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Moonracer is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot (which is close to the breakdown of the vineyard). It offers a beautiful bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, graphite, and crushed rocks. While it doesn’t have the density of the To Kolan and Dr. Crane releases, it is seamless, full-bodied, incredibly complex, and multi-dimensional. Already impossible to resist, drink this pure, elegant beauty any time over the coming 20-25 years.