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2019 Realm Houyi Vineyard Red

ITEM 8465603 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Amount Total
$185
Item Sold Amount Date
I8475257 1 $175 Oct 9, 2022
I8380486 1 $195 Aug 14, 2022
I8354888 1 $175 Jul 31, 2022
I8304875 2 $185 Jul 3, 2022
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RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

...flirts with perfection... ...a dead ringer for a great vintage of Haut-Brion, and while I normally save that comparison for the Dr. Crane release, it’s every bit as warranted here. Quintessential Cabernet notes of dark currants, tobacco, earth, and chocolate give way to a full-bodied, rich, powerful, yet also perfectly balanced wine delivering ripe tannins, incredible depth, and a magical finish.

98The Wine Advocate

...100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all coming from the Houyi vineyards on the Nine Suns property... ...revealing notes of crème de cassis, stewed black plums and mulberries with touches of cedar chest, tobacco leaf, crushed rocks, wild sage and iron ore. Full-bodied, the concentrated palate is densely packed with plum preserves and cassis flavors, framed by firm, grainy tannins and beautiful freshness, ultimately delivering a nice, long savory/earthy finish.

98James Suckling

Loads of iron-shaving and lead-pencil aromas follow through to a medium to full body. Texture of thick silk. Extremely refined and polished tannins. So long and distinctive and typical for the area of Pritchard Hill. Needs three or four year to soften and come together.

97Vinous / IWC

...bristles with energy and tension. Inky, jammy fruit, gravel, spice, menthol, licorice and chocolate race across the palate. Readers will find a Cabernet that marries Napa Valley opulence from the structure and strong mineral inflections typical of this hillside site in the Vaca Mountains. This is a fabulous edition of the Houyi. The 2019 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon taken from six different blocks.

PRODUCER

Realm

Realm Cellars is one of the most exciting stories in Napa Valley today. Realm began in 2002 by sourcing fruit from top vineyards like Beckstoffer To Kalon and Dr. Crane. Like any entrepreneurial endeavor, the early years were full of ups and downs, but eventually the winery found its stride. Beginning with the 2012 vintage, wine quality significantly improved and they have since garnered 17 100-point scores from various wine critics. In 2015, Realm acquired a hillside estate in the Stags Leap District which transformed the brand from a virtual winery to a domaine. The first estate wine in the portfolio is called Moonracer and each bottle showcases a unique label. In 2018 Realm entered into a partnership with the Farella family which adds the Farella Vineyard in Coombsville as the second estate vineyard. The portfolio of wines includes both single vineyards as well as proprietary blends. The winery is led by owner Scott Becker and winemaker Benoit Touquette. This domaine is one to watch as Realm continues its ascent into the top echelon of the wine world.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena

St. Helena AVA is at the northern end of Napa Valley just north of Rutherford and south of Calistoga. It is a relatively warm climate thanks to the Mayacamas Mountains on its western edge, which protect it from Pacific Ocean fog. Out of the 9,000 acres in the appellation, some 1,500 are under vine. The principal grapes grown in St. Helena are the Bordeaux grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. St. Helena is considered prime wine producing territory, and it was one of the first important wine producing regions in northern California. The legendary Charles Krug founded his winery just north of the town of St. Helena in 1873, and today the appellation is home to many prestigious producers, including Abreu, Grace Family and Spottswoode.