Join us on Thursday, January 21st at 5:00PM when Wally's President Christian Navarro will be catching up with winemaker Benoit Touquette of Realm Cellars in a live virtual tasting on Wally's TV. As winemaker of Realm since 2011, Benoit has produced an astounding number of modern cult classics including more than ten perfect 100-point wines. The tasting will feature Realm's 2017 The Bard and 2019 Fidelio Sauvignon Blanc available now in limited quantity for this offering. Place your order today and taste along with Christian and Benoit to learn about the story behind one of Napa's hottest and most creative cult wineries.
Thursday, January 21st, 5:00PM
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Taste and enjoy the finest expressions of the winery, hear personal stories from Benoit, ask questions during a live Q&A
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2019 Realm Sauvignon Blanc Fidelio
Wally's Price: $70When we decided to make a Sauvignon Blanc in 2007, we wanted it to be a serious wine. Trouble was, we weren’t sure how to identify a great Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. We asked our friend Andy Erickson, who’s had a lot of experience with the varietal. “That’ll be easy for you,” he said. “A great Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard is going to make a great Sauvignon Blanc.” It makes sense; after all, Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. What wasn’t so easy, however, was finding a great Cab vineyard planted to Sauvignon Blanc. That’s where Farella came in, the Coombsville vineyard that’s been the source of one of our favorite Cabernets since 2003. Farella has all these layers of volcanic tufa, decomposed rocks and ashy deposits – perfect for Cabernet, and as it turns out, Sauvignon Blanc. Farella has a few rows of SB on a slope in the northwest corner of the site, and after bugging Tom Farella for three years, we were finally able to secure the fruit in 2009. These grapes form the backbone of Fidelio (formerly known as Ibid), to which we add small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc from other sites for additional complexity. Fidelio is our version of a fine white Bordeaux: expansive on the palate, wonderfully complex, a beautifully structured and concentrated white. - Producer Notes
2017 Realm The Bard
Wally's Price: $150
Based mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) and a small amount of Merlot (13%), the 2017 The Bard is another ripe, sexy wine that has more sweetness of fruit than most in the vintage. Black cherries, blackberries, scorched earth, graphite, and some violets notes all dominate the nose, and it's beautifully textured and balanced on the palate. It’s beautiful today yet has 15-20 years of prime drinking ahead of it. 96 points. - Jeb Dunnuck
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck