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#1 Post by Andre M »

Just received the postcard for Sept 1st release:
2018 the tempest
2018 the bard
2018 falstaff
2018 moonracer
2017 the absurd

Definitely will take the bard and tempest, not sure about the others.
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Is it usual for Realm to offer Moonracer in spring and fall? I bought the 2017 earlier this year, and see the 2018 is already available for this allocation.
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I didn’t get my mailer yet, but no Levensohn? Their May email said it was to be released in this release.
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I’m going to pass on the above, and hope that I get an allocation to Farella, Levensohn, and whatever they call the Kata/Bourne vineyard wine...
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Hi everyone, first time posting but I've followed the dialogue for many years. I've always enjoyed the sense of community and the quest for knowledge that is found here.

In that spirit, thought I would chime in on the upcoming Realm release. With some new wines in the portfolio, we took a fresh look at the release schedule and decided to shift some wines around. We decided to hold back the Levensohn Vineyard for now. Kata/Bourn will be released in the spring alongside Beckstoffer To Kalon and Dr. Crane. We moved Moonracer up to the fall release where it will stay. As our first estate wine, Moonracer felt like a perfect counterpoint to The Bard - one attempts to showcase a sense of place from our own land, the other reflects a blend of Cabernet from all over the valley. The rest of the fall lineup remains the same. You should receive an email next Tuesday, Aug 25 with more details.

Feel free to contact me anytime. My email is sbecker@realmcellars.com. I know sometimes there are questions during the release about allocations, etc. I'll try to check back here regularly to post updates but sometimes it's easier to email me directly or call the winery. We aren't perfect and we make mistakes...but we have a passionate team that is striving to do their best and over-deliver on your expectations. I'm excited to share the 2018 vintage because it's certainly one of our best yet. Between harvest, covid, construction, the fall release, and now fires burning to our east...we've got our hands full and our heads down!

Hoping everyone is safe, healthy and drinking great wine!

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Looking forward to the bard and Falstaff. Both are favorites in their price ranges. Will be curious to see how big allocations are.
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Can't wait to get the 2018 Bard and will be trying the Moonracer, I feel like this is the perfect vintage to try some of these wines for the first time...
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scott.becker wrote: August 19th, 2020, 8:59 am Hi everyone, first time posting but I've followed the dialogue for many years. I've always enjoyed the sense of community and the quest for knowledge that is found here.

In that spirit, thought I would chime in on the upcoming Realm release. With some new wines in the portfolio, we took a fresh look at the release schedule and decided to shift some wines around. We decided to hold back the Levensohn Vineyard for now. Kata/Bourn will be released in the spring alongside Beckstoffer To Kalon and Dr. Crane. We moved Moonracer up to the fall release where it will stay. As our first estate wine, Moonracer felt like a perfect counterpoint to The Bard - one attempts to showcase a sense of place from our own land, the other reflects a blend of Cabernet from all over the valley. The rest of the fall lineup remains the same. You should receive an email next Tuesday, Aug 25 with more details.

Feel free to contact me anytime. My email is sbecker@realmcellars.com. I know sometimes there are questions during the release about allocations, etc. I'll try to check back here regularly to post updates but sometimes it's easier to email me directly or call the winery. We aren't perfect and we make mistakes...but we have a passionate team that is striving to do their best and over-deliver on your expectations. I'm excited to share the 2018 vintage because it's certainly one of our best yet. Between harvest, covid, construction, the fall release, and now fires burning to our east...we've got our hands full and our heads down!

Hoping everyone is safe, healthy and drinking great wine!

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Thanks Scott for chiming in!
Hope you post here more often.
I love Realm, and especially the Bard and Tempest for the fall offerings (and Dr. Crane and Absurd for the spring offerings).
I also have really enjoyed the Ghost Dog I first tasted at the SF Practical Dreamer Tour stop.
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Thanks Scott,

I enjoyed visiting you guys, and love all your wines!

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Definitely in for some 18' Bard, still some of the best value you can get for around $100.
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Didn’t seen any reviews for the ‘18 Realm, but have to think they will be stellar! Will definitely buy. The ‘17 Absurd is a question mark for me though.

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Scott, thanks for the post.

I've been a consumer of your wines for many years thanks to a good friend !!!
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I got on list for '17 but had to go light. Will go big for the '18s. I love the Bard and Tempest. I know the Bard seems to be more hedonistic but I may prefer the Tempest and it's been a little easier to find back vintages at decent prices. I do love the Richard II quote on the Bard bottle (This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England) as well as the art on the others.
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scott.becker wrote: August 19th, 2020, 8:59 am Hi everyone, first time posting but I've followed the dialogue for many years. I've always enjoyed the sense of community and the quest for knowledge that is found here.

In that spirit, thought I would chime in on the upcoming Realm release. With some new wines in the portfolio, we took a fresh look at the release schedule and decided to shift some wines around. We decided to hold back the Levensohn Vineyard for now. Kata/Bourn will be released in the spring alongside Beckstoffer To Kalon and Dr. Crane. We moved Moonracer up to the fall release where it will stay. As our first estate wine, Moonracer felt like a perfect counterpoint to The Bard - one attempts to showcase a sense of place from our own land, the other reflects a blend of Cabernet from all over the valley. The rest of the fall lineup remains the same. You should receive an email next Tuesday, Aug 25 with more details.

Feel free to contact me anytime. My email is sbecker@realmcellars.com. I know sometimes there are questions during the release about allocations, etc. I'll try to check back here regularly to post updates but sometimes it's easier to email me directly or call the winery. We aren't perfect and we make mistakes...but we have a passionate team that is striving to do their best and over-deliver on your expectations. I'm excited to share the 2018 vintage because it's certainly one of our best yet. Between harvest, covid, construction, the fall release, and now fires burning to our east...we've got our hands full and our heads down!

Hoping everyone is safe, healthy and drinking great wine!

Best,
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Thanks for the insight before the release! Just curious, will pickup at M7 be an option for this release?
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Thanks Scott
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And Frank!
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Frank - short answer is yes. Longer answer is we are working on ways to make shipping and pickup more user-friendly. Unfortunately we aren't set up to allow members to pick up at the winery but we are looking at that for next year or beyond. Picking up at a warehouse in American Canyon isn't quite the high-touch experience we aspire to deliver. Most fulfillment partners now charge for pickup anyway because there is still cost involved in packaging, preparing, etc. I also know shipping costs are an issue. We are exploring some innovative packaging and shipping solutions to reduce cost but still preserve quality and design. More to come on that in the future.
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How much is their Farella going for?

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Prices on the post card for this release?
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I don't receive Realm, no postcards here, just curious about Farella price?

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No price info on the postcard.
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I just got the email for my first Realm offer - yay! Does anyone know how much the wines cost or at least how much they cost last year?
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J. Rock wrote: August 25th, 2020, 11:46 am I just got the email for my first Realm offer - yay! Does anyone know how much the wines cost or at least how much they cost last year?
From what I remember, release prices were:

Tempest $95
Bard $110
Falstaff $150
Moonracer $250
Absurd $450? (Not sure about this one - was never offered)
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I've been buying since 2012, every year I try and pencil out the perfect purchase allocation. But, one thing holds true - you will never regret putting an extra Bard in your cart.
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Andrew Ing wrote: August 25th, 2020, 2:28 pm I've been buying since 2012, every year I try and pencil out the perfect purchase allocation. But, one thing holds true - you will never regret putting an extra Bard in your cart.
First time trying Bard was two weeks ago as I wanted to see if my 2017 purchase warranted this years allocation. Couldn’t believe how awesome it was. For me, it killed a similarly priced tignanello. Very different wines of course but can’t wait to add some 2018.

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Jeff L wrote: August 25th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Andrew Ing wrote: August 25th, 2020, 2:28 pm I've been buying since 2012, every year I try and pencil out the perfect purchase allocation. But, one thing holds true - you will never regret putting an extra Bard in your cart.
First time trying Bard was two weeks ago as I wanted to see if my 2017 purchase warranted this years allocation. Couldn’t believe how awesome it was. For me, it killed a similarly priced tignanello. Very different wines of course but can’t wait to add some 2018.

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I’m drinking the 2017 Bard right now. The 2018 is going to blow this one away.
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Very excited about this...

"The 2018 vintage is shaping up to be another classic. A consistent growing season led to leisurely picking during harvest. The resulting wines exhibit both richness and freshness. The vintage could be compared to a theoretical blend of 2012, 2014 and 2016 – with more freshness than 2012, more fleshiness than 2014 and more precision than 2016. The Tempest once again is full of bright red fruit. We are delighted to have Falstaff back in the lineup and this vintage marks the first time using Cabernet Franc from a vineyard we planted with our farming partner Giancarlo Bettinelli. The complexity of The Bard is unlike any other we’ve produced. Quite simply, this is our best rendition yet. Moonracer goes beyond hedonistic fruit to reveal a more serious and intellectual side. Production volume of The Absurd in 2017 is tiny – so small in fact that we may sadly disappoint some of you. But we felt it was nevertheless important to bottle this wine to prove that even in challenging vintages Napa Valley is capable of producing extraordinary wine. The Absurd will be back to normal volumes in our 2018 vintage so your patience will be rewarded."
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Joe B wrote: August 25th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Jeff L wrote: August 25th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Andrew Ing wrote: August 25th, 2020, 2:28 pm I've been buying since 2012, every year I try and pencil out the perfect purchase allocation. But, one thing holds true - you will never regret putting an extra Bard in your cart.
First time trying Bard was two weeks ago as I wanted to see if my 2017 purchase warranted this years allocation. Couldn’t believe how awesome it was. For me, it killed a similarly priced tignanello. Very different wines of course but can’t wait to add some 2018.

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I’m drinking the 2017 Bard right now. The 2018 is going to blow this one away.
Joe, how’s the 2017? Ready or needs time?
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Brent S wrote: August 25th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Joe B wrote: August 25th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Jeff L wrote: August 25th, 2020, 4:32 pm

First time trying Bard was two weeks ago as I wanted to see if my 2017 purchase warranted this years allocation. Couldn’t believe how awesome it was. For me, it killed a similarly priced tignanello. Very different wines of course but can’t wait to add some 2018.

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I’m drinking the 2017 Bard right now. The 2018 is going to blow this one away.
Joe, how’s the 2017? Ready or needs time?
I’d give it another year unless you have several. Or maybe a few hour decant which I did not do.
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Joe B wrote: August 26th, 2020, 5:07 am
Brent S wrote: August 25th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Joe B wrote: August 25th, 2020, 4:38 pm
I’m drinking the 2017 Bard right now. The 2018 is going to blow this one away.
Joe, how’s the 2017? Ready or needs time?
I’d give it another year unless you have several. Or maybe a few hour decant which I did not do.
I had the 2017 last week, which was my first Realm experience. Decanted for 45 minutes, and thought it was ready and delicious. It did improved during drinking, so extra time in the decanter would help, but I would have no hesitation opening one now.

I purchased this bottle from a grocery store during a huge sale because of the talk on this board. I am considering joining the list/waitlist now, but trying to decide if I need to be on another list and spend more money on wine. The more expensive bottles are definitely out of my price range, but very interested in the "lower end" bottlings.

Any peer pressure coming to push me over the edge?!
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#31 Post by Carlton McCrindle »

I am surprised that a Realm wine can be picked up at a grocery store. Must be very upscale.

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On the list for the first time and will probably buy some Bard as an experiment, but haven't actually tasted Realm before. What's the house style at Realm? Who are some comparable producers?
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I got this email today ... seems like a not so subtle message that the best way to get increased allocations (and also get access to the single vineyards and/or Absurd) is to max out your allocation and “wish list” further wines? That about right? I’ve purchased a few at auction and enjoyed them, so would like to be able to purchase them direct...
Dear Justin,

We are excited to share our 2018 vintage wines with you during the upcoming Fall Release very soon! We have reserved an enhanced allocation for you due to your participation in our Introductory Offering.

Our newest wines are released during two brief periods in the spring and fall. Given the limited production of each wine, we allocate bottles based on tenure, preferences, and purchase history. Allocations are guaranteed and you will receive preferred pricing on our wines only during the release period.

When the Fall Release opens on Tuesday, September 1, you will have the opportunity to access your allocation and choose which wines and quantities you would like. Your participation in this release will help us craft an allocation specific to your personal preferences in next year’s Fall Release.

An important feature during the release is the Wish Request function. This is the best way to signal desire for increased allocations and to accelerate your journey to new wines in future releases. We do our very best to fill as many requests as possible once the release has closed. Wishes that we are able to fulfill will be combined with your original order and any incremental tax and shipping will be added automatically. You will be notified of fulfilled wish requests via email with a revised receipt.

If you have any questions about the upcoming release or your guaranteed allocation, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. Eden, Ryan, Claire, Michael, and Bryan are standing by to assist you at 707-224-1910 or team@realmcellars.com.

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HoosJustinG wrote: August 28th, 2020, 11:14 am I got this email today ... seems like a not so subtle message that the best way to get increased allocations (and also get access to the single vineyards and/or Absurd) is to max out your allocation and “wish list” further wines? That about right? I’ve purchased a few at auction and enjoyed them, so would like to be able to purchase them direct...
Dear Justin,

We are excited to share our 2018 vintage wines with you during the upcoming Fall Release very soon! We have reserved an enhanced allocation for you due to your participation in our Introductory Offering.

Our newest wines are released during two brief periods in the spring and fall. Given the limited production of each wine, we allocate bottles based on tenure, preferences, and purchase history. Allocations are guaranteed and you will receive preferred pricing on our wines only during the release period.

When the Fall Release opens on Tuesday, September 1, you will have the opportunity to access your allocation and choose which wines and quantities you would like. Your participation in this release will help us craft an allocation specific to your personal preferences in next year’s Fall Release.

An important feature during the release is the Wish Request function. This is the best way to signal desire for increased allocations and to accelerate your journey to new wines in future releases. We do our very best to fill as many requests as possible once the release has closed. Wishes that we are able to fulfill will be combined with your original order and any incremental tax and shipping will be added automatically. You will be notified of fulfilled wish requests via email with a revised receipt.

If you have any questions about the upcoming release or your guaranteed allocation, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. Eden, Ryan, Claire, Michael, and Bryan are standing by to assist you at 707-224-1910 or team@realmcellars.com.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. We look forward to sharing our wines with you for years to come.
It is my understanding that certain wines are offered based on prior purchases. For example, this is my third allocation. In the spring, I did not receive allocations for 2 of the wines offered, but a colleague of mine received for all of them (he has been on their list for several years I believe). I maxed out my allocation in the spring, so I am interested to see what I have "allocated" this time.
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Scores released by JD today were pretty impressive. Looking forward to this release tomorrow.
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Does Realm usually include reviews or scores on their website or emails when they release their wines?
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KyleC wrote: August 26th, 2020, 9:13 am On the list for the first time and will probably buy some Bard as an experiment, but haven't actually tasted Realm before. What's the house style at Realm? Who are some comparable producers?
Also curious as to this. How are the wines in terms of ripeness, etc? Just got on the list so thinking of buying a couple of bottles...
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Aleks V wrote: August 31st, 2020, 8:53 pm
KyleC wrote: August 26th, 2020, 9:13 am On the list for the first time and will probably buy some Bard as an experiment, but haven't actually tasted Realm before. What's the house style at Realm? Who are some comparable producers?
Also curious as to this. How are the wines in terms of ripeness, etc? Just got on the list so thinking of buying a couple of bottles...
Ripe (but not over ripe IMO), dark, well made, fantastic purity of fruit, silky mouthfeel. For me, they are the kind of "hedonistic" wines that I want to own/drink.
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Frank Z wrote: August 31st, 2020, 4:28 pm Scores released by JD today were pretty impressive. Looking forward to this release tomorrow.
Can you share any scores?
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Keith_B wrote: September 1st, 2020, 6:00 am
Frank Z wrote: August 31st, 2020, 4:28 pm Scores released by JD today were pretty impressive. Looking forward to this release tomorrow.
Can you share any scores?
+1. I'm buying either way, but curious for the scores as well.
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Keith_B wrote: September 1st, 2020, 6:00 am
Frank Z wrote: August 31st, 2020, 4:28 pm Scores released by JD today were pretty impressive. Looking forward to this release tomorrow.
Can you share any scores?
Of course. JD released these yesterday.

Tempest - 96+ points
Bard - 98 points
Falstaff - 99 points
Moonracer - 98+ points
Absurd - 97 points
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Awesome, thanks Frank. I'm buying no matter what but appreciate the info. Cheers.
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Ugh ... did not realize Abreu was also today. Going to wait and see what I was allocated from Realm, and then make some purchase decisions. Today is going to be a rough day of asking forgiveness from the wife...
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I've never had the Falstaff, but a few notes on CT claim that the Cab Franc's presence doesn't especially shine through and it seems more like a Cab [dominant] blend or at least not necessarily Cab Franc dominant Bordeaux varietal blend -- agree or disagree?
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Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

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HoosJustinG wrote: September 1st, 2020, 9:30 am Ugh ... did not realize Abreu was also today. Going to wait and see what I was allocated from Realm, and then make some purchase decisions. Today is going to be a rough day of asking forgiveness from the wife...
FYI "Your allocation is guaranteed. You will have until Tuesday, September 15 at 11:59PM Pacific Time to place your order."

I'm way over my imaginary wine budget for the month so will be waiting a week until my CC billing cycle rolls over before putting in my Realm order. Will definitely log in to see my allocation.
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#49 Post by HoosJustinG »

Going for 6 Bard and 2 Moonracer (+1 wishlist) ... no Absurd for me, though if anyone wants to share their Absurd allocation hit me with a DM (I can't see the price, so not sure if I'm a taker).
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#50 Post by Br1an Th0rne »

HoosJustinG wrote: September 1st, 2020, 10:06 am Going for 6 Bard and 2 Moonracer (+1 wishlist) ... no Absurd for me, though if anyone wants to share their Absurd allocation hit me with a DM (I can't see the price, so not sure if I'm a taker).
The 2017 Absurd Is up to $525, which is a $50 increase over the 2016, which was a $50 increase over the 2015. I am pretty good with numbers, and by my calculations that is a $100 increase in 2 years. Surprised they raised the price of Absurd again given the reputation of the ‘17 vintage. Definitely in for everything else!

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