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Realm Spring 2020 Release

#1 Post by Frank Z » February 5th, 2020, 7:50 am

Anyone planning on jumping in on this release (2017 SVDs and 2019 Fidelio)?

Out of curiosity, given the other thread, how did JD score these?
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#2 Post by JohnP » February 5th, 2020, 8:56 am

T-minus 1hr...love that damn clock. Let's go!! Six years of being on the list, hoping for at least one Dr. Crane to be allocated..
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#3 Post by Philip G » February 5th, 2020, 8:57 am

Frank Z wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 7:50 am
Anyone planning on jumping in on this release (2017 SVDs and 2019 Fidelio)?

Out of curiosity, given the other thread, how did JD score these?
Don’t know about JD but AG scores them:
‘17 To Kalon 95
‘17 Dr Crane 94
‘17 Moonracer 94
‘17 Houyi 93

The reviews sound good with 1-3 point drops from ‘16: 95+, 96, 97, 95. Generally more approachable early.
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#4 Post by JohnP » February 5th, 2020, 9:41 am

17' BTK - 97
17' DC - 98 (Tried it at the property last May,definitely worth the 97-98 ratings)
17' MOON - 96
17' HOUYI - 95
Fidelio has never been reviewed by JD.
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#5 Post by Frank Z » February 5th, 2020, 9:54 am

Thanks Philip and John. Looking forward to seeing what they offer me this cycle.
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#6 Post by Joe B » February 5th, 2020, 10:07 am

Grabbed
2 To-Kalon
1 Dr Crane.

Happy but wished for more.
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#7 Post by JohnP » February 5th, 2020, 10:09 am

Order in!
(1) Dr. Crane (Thank you!)
(1) Fidelio Magnum
(3) Fidelio
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#8 Post by NickRut » February 5th, 2020, 10:10 am

Anyone passing on Dr Crane or BTK please message me. Happy to take it off your hands.
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#9 Post by KyleC » February 5th, 2020, 10:40 am

Anyone have experience with the Fidelio? How does it compare to other higher end Napa SB's like Vineyard 29, Eisele, etc.?
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#10 Post by Andrew Ing » February 5th, 2020, 10:47 am

Bummed about no Farella this year because of the fires. I really like that vineyard.
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#11 Post by JMFrawley » February 5th, 2020, 10:54 am

I got a smaller allocation this year. Only one Moon and one Houyi. oh well....
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#12 Post by KyleC » February 5th, 2020, 10:55 am

NickRut wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 10:10 am
Anyone passing on Dr Crane or BTK please message me. Happy to take it off your hands.
+1...after Nick gets his fill, please message as I'm interested in some BTK and Crane as well.
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#13 Post by Hank Victor » February 5th, 2020, 11:15 am

Prices for current release?
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Take a chance, Columbus did..

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#14 Post by Matt A » February 5th, 2020, 11:51 am

1 Houyi $210
2 Moonracer $250
3 Fidelio $60

1 Fidelio Magnum wishlist $140

No Crane or TK, 🤷🏼‍♂️ Less than 2 years on list.
Fingers crossed for 18’s next year.

I was fortunate to get Memento Mori Dr Crane yesterday so not too bummed....

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#15 Post by NickRut » February 5th, 2020, 12:25 pm

Was it the 17 MM yesterday? Or the 18?
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#16 Post by Matt A » February 5th, 2020, 12:30 pm

NickRut wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Was it the 17 MM yesterday? Or the 18?
😍 Memento Mori
17’s
Crane
Las Piedras
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$675 3 packs only

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#17 Post by NickRut » February 5th, 2020, 12:36 pm

Wow strong offer!
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#18 Post by Frank Z » February 5th, 2020, 12:58 pm

Matt A wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 12:30 pm
NickRut wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Was it the 17 MM yesterday? Or the 18?
😍 Memento Mori
17’s
Crane
Las Piedras
Vine Hill Ranch

$675 3 packs only
Out of curiosity, was it separate 3-pks of each wine, or a 3pk including one of each?
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#19 Post by Matt A » February 5th, 2020, 1:05 pm

Frank Z wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Matt A wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 12:30 pm
NickRut wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Was it the 17 MM yesterday? Or the 18?
😍 Memento Mori
17’s
Crane
Las Piedras
Vine Hill Ranch

$675 3 packs only
Out of curiosity, was it separate 3-pks of each wine, or a 3pk including one of each?
Separate. 3 SVD per black gift box.
A mixed 3 pack would be a good idea though.

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#20 Post by Philip G » February 5th, 2020, 1:19 pm

Matt A wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 11:51 am
1 Houyi $210
2 Moonracer $250
3 Fidelio $60

1 Fidelio Magnum wishlist $140

No Crane or TK, 🤷🏼‍♂️ Less than 2 years on list.
Fingers crossed for 18’s next year.

I was fortunate to get Memento Mori Dr Crane yesterday so not too bummed....
Same here with less than a year on the list. Actually ok with no ‘17 Crane or TK since I’ve got Myriad and B Cellars but hoping to get them next year. Will probably go for 1 each of the Cabs and 3 of the SB. The SB is pricey but sounds tasty and the bottle looks beautiful.
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#21 Post by Matt A » February 5th, 2020, 1:28 pm

Philip G wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:19 pm
The SB is pricey but sounds tasty and the bottle looks beautiful.
The Futo Blanc SB was expensive $180/bottle 🤦🏼‍♂️

I look forward to 19 Fidelio. Sounds like they made it a little different this time around.

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#22 Post by KyleC » February 5th, 2020, 1:35 pm

Matt A wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:28 pm

The Futo Blanc SB was expensive $180/bottle 🤦🏼‍♂️

I'm SO curious how the Futo SB sold. They sent a weird, offer is now closed email which I haven't seen them do in the past. One of my friends has been a loyal Futo buyer since they got started, but even he was a hard pass at $180/bottle.
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#23 Post by Matt A » February 5th, 2020, 1:43 pm

KyleC wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Matt A wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:28 pm

The Futo Blanc SB was expensive $180/bottle 🤦🏼‍♂️

I'm SO curious how the Futo SB sold. They sent a weird, offer is now closed email which I haven't seen them do in the past. One of my friends has been a loyal Futo buyer since they got started, but even he was a hard pass at $180/bottle.
Me too. 3 pack only. $615 w/tax shipped. 😮
I even emailed them, basically asking, “Why so much”
I never heard back.

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#24 Post by Michael Fess » February 5th, 2020, 2:28 pm

Order in!
2- Dr. Crane
2- To-Kalon

Would like to take the Houyi(maybe I go back later), but I did grab a few '18 Myriad Elysian when the offer hit.

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#25 Post by ykwon » February 5th, 2020, 2:41 pm

That’s a strong offer Michael!
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#26 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » February 5th, 2020, 2:46 pm

I’ve never had Realm but it seems to get high praise here. What would be a comparable wine? Myriad?

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#27 Post by Philip G » February 5th, 2020, 4:44 pm

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 2:46 pm
I’ve never had Realm but it seems to get high praise here. What would be a comparable wine? Myriad?
Scott - it's good stuff! Myriad, Maybach, Carter, Schrader would be comparable I would say.
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#28 Post by Mike Van1 » February 5th, 2020, 4:47 pm

Does anyone buy the Moonracer? My allocation is up to 6 bottles this year along with 2 Houyi. Everything else is wishlist. Emailed the Realm team to see how long it takes to get a Dr Crane or To Kalon allocation and was told 5-7 years. Does that check with all of you getting Dr Crane and To Kalon allocations? Is it worth it to keep buying Moonracer just to maybe get an allocation of Dr Crane or To Kalon someday? Moonracer is good but other wines out there I’d rather spend $250 on.
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#29 Post by C. Keller » February 5th, 2020, 5:08 pm

Ive only bought the last 3 releases and I never max out. I only got 1 Houyi and 1 Moonracer. Don't even have the option to wishlist the other big guns.
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#30 Post by MICHAEL C R O M W E L L » February 5th, 2020, 7:48 pm

1 Crane / 3 BTK / 1 BTK mag here, wished for a bunch but no real expectations. Passed on Houyi, Moonracer, Fidelio as I am trimming down an ever growing accumulation.

Can’t speak to the current waitlist length, but 5 years ago it was 1-2 yrs for BTK and 3 years for Crane (even with a pair of visits to the new estate). It was also easier to pick up secondary market of both at reasonable prices back then. Even several years in, have not received anything more than 1 bottle of Crane (no wishlist grants). The BTK allocation has remained the same/increased slightly with some wishlist grants.
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#31 Post by JohnP » February 5th, 2020, 8:51 pm

Matt A wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Philip G wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 1:19 pm
The SB is pricey but sounds tasty and the bottle looks beautiful.
I look forward to 19 Fidelio. Sounds like they made it a little different this time around.
Please share your intel. Hopefully, they will blend in some semillon and muscadelle. That would be epic if Benoit made a bdx-style white.
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#32 Post by OwenB » February 6th, 2020, 4:07 am

My first time being offered Dr Crane and BTK - one each. Also was offered 6 Moonracer, 6 Fidelio and 2 Houyi.

Fidelio profile from Realm:

A burst of citrus, stone fruit, white flower, maybe a hint of guava. Great balance of richness and freshness. A precise wine with subtle but nevertheless intense flavors. Great mid-palate and plenty of density to indicate a serious, sophisticated wine.

Realm Context
A richer version than the 2018 but without the overtly tropical notes of some prior years. The wine is roughly an equal mix of Sauvignon Blanc from the Farella Vineyard in Coombsville and the Gamble Ranch in Yountville. Racy acidity with a kiss of sweetness.
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    #33 Post by Andre M » February 6th, 2020, 6:28 am

    I have an allocation of 6 Fidelio, 2 Houyi, 2 Moonracer and option to wishlist 2 (+1 mag) dr Crane and 2 (+1 mag) BTK if someone is interested. Can order and ship direct to you.
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    #34 Post by Todd L » February 6th, 2020, 8:14 am

    Full allocation available. PM for login
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    #35 Post by Rob Weaver » February 6th, 2020, 1:18 pm

    Not taking all my Crane, pm if interested

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    #36 Post by Frank Z » February 10th, 2020, 2:54 pm

    Decided to pass on this release, but I'm definitely looking forward to the 2018 Bard in the Fall.
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    #37 Post by MICHAEL C R O M W E L L » February 17th, 2020, 3:22 pm

    Did anyone get wishlist granted? I got my no soup for you email today.
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    #38 Post by Br1an Th0rne » February 17th, 2020, 6:26 pm

    MICHAEL C R O M W E L L wrote:
    February 17th, 2020, 3:22 pm
    Did anyone get wishlist granted? I got my no soup for you email today.
    No soup for me either.

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    #39 Post by Mike Walsh » February 18th, 2020, 6:21 am

    Got wish granted for 1 Dr. Crane and a Houyi mag.

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    #40 Post by Carlton McCrindle » February 18th, 2020, 1:00 pm

    Brian Thorne wrote:
    February 17th, 2020, 6:26 pm
    MICHAEL C R O M W E L L wrote:
    February 17th, 2020, 3:22 pm
    Did anyone get wishlist granted? I got my no soup for you email today.
    No soup for me either.
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    #41 Post by Mike Van1 » February 18th, 2020, 3:09 pm

    I was able to wish list two each Dr Crane and To Kalon. I was granted none. Maybe someday. In the meantime there is plenty $175-225 Napa Cabs available to the common man.
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    #42 Post by Joe B » February 18th, 2020, 3:42 pm

    Did not get my wish list Dr Crane. Thanked them anyways. It was explained to me that the allocation wines are good for 7 days and no matter how fast you are on getting your order in with the wish list items, your quickness will BE IGNORED and the extra wines not taken through allocation go to whomever they feel like giving them out to.
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    #43 Post by R@f@el A. » February 27th, 2020, 12:59 pm

    I wish listed two bottles each of Dr. Crane and To Kalon. I was granted 1 bottle of To Kalon. Looking forward to tasting it.

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