Realm Cellars

The Tempest Napa Valley Red Blend

9.3383 ratings
9.377 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion
Top Notes For
Roy Goble

My second to last bottle of 2014 Tempest. That’s depressing. I think I’ll open another.

My second to last bottle of 2014 Tempest. That’s depressing. I think I’ll open another.

Jun 21st, 2020
Al Shikoh

opaque ruby violet; black cherry, milk chocolate, plum, vanilla bean, violets, menthol; soft, juicy, generous fruit; full bodied, medium+ acidity, soft tannins, 14.6% ABV; blend of 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from multiple sites, homage to Bordeaux’s right bank; $100

opaque ruby violet; black cherry, milk chocolate, plum, vanilla bean, violets, menthol; soft, juicy, generous fruit; full bodied, medium+ acidity, soft tannins, 14.6% ABV; blend of 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from multiple sites, homage to Bordeaux’s right bank; $100

Feb 2nd, 2020
Roy Goble

Yum

Yum

Jan 1st, 2020
Roy Goble

Love

Love

Oct 27th, 2019
Al Shikoh

inky purple; cassis, plum, baking chocolate, vanilla, menthol; plush, round, dark fruit, very long; full bodied, lovely textured tannins, 14.6% ABV; blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon this year which is heavier on the Merlot than in the past; beautiful with a fatty ribeye, crafted for immediate drinking pleasure, up there with my favorite Cali Merlots Pride and Duckhorn

inky purple; cassis, plum, baking chocolate, vanilla, menthol; plush, round, dark fruit, very long; full bodied, lovely textured tannins, 14.6% ABV; blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon this year which is heavier on the Merlot than in the past; beautiful with a fatty ribeye, crafted for immediate drinking pleasure, up there with my favorite Cali Merlots Pride and Duckhorn

Aug 15th, 2019
Roy Goble

Great encore for Christmas Eve

Great encore for Christmas Eve

Dec 25th, 2018
Matt Perlman

Sweet jammy red fruit, vanilla, oak tannins, hot

Sweet jammy red fruit, vanilla, oak tannins, hot

Oct 7th, 2018
Al Shikoh

Fully opaque ruby violet offering aromas of black cherry, cassis, cocoa powder, coffee, and cedar. Full bodied, soft, and fruit forward with incredible mid-palate density. The tannins are fine grained and alcohol is 14.6%. Made from a blend of 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot sourced from vineyards like Beckstoffer’s Orchard Lane and Dr. Crane and aged in 65% new French oak. Along with Duckhorn, this is one of my favorite California Merlots and is crafted by winemaker Benoit Touquette and consultant Michel Rolland to drink young. I favor a pop and pour approach. $95.

Fully opaque ruby violet offering aromas of black cherry, cassis, cocoa powder, coffee, and cedar. Full bodied, soft, and fruit forward with incredible mid-palate density. The tannins are fine grained and alcohol is 14.6%. Made from a blend of 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot sourced from vineyards like Beckstoffer’s Orchard Lane and Dr. Crane and aged in 65% new French oak. Along with Duckhorn, this is one of my favorite California Merlots and is crafted by winemaker Benoit Touquette and consultant Michel Rolland to drink young. I favor a pop and pour approach. $95.

Sep 16th, 2018
Bill Bender

Cherry kirsch and spice. Grainy tannins and less complexity than the higher end Realm reds but undeniably tasty and inviting.

Cherry kirsch and spice. Grainy tannins and less complexity than the higher end Realm reds but undeniably tasty and inviting.

Apr 8th, 2018
Aaron Means

Delicious. Dark fruit, balanced oak, savory mid palate.

Delicious. Dark fruit, balanced oak, savory mid palate.

Dec 16th, 2017