95 Points Robert Parker-The 2012 Syrah Eddie’s Patch (a 410-case, 100% Syrah aged 18 months in 40% new French oak hogsheads) comes from 16-year-old Syrah vines. Aromas of bouquet garni, roasted meats, blackberries and blackcurrants soar from the glass of this blue/black-colored Syrah. Full-bodied with olive tapenade notes, sweet tannin and an expansive, multilayered mouthfeel, this fabulous Syrah should be drunk over the next 12-15+ years.
Wine Rating: 95 Antonio Galloni A total knock out, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard is deep, inky and explosive, with superb energy to back up the pure power in the glass. The most intensely mineral and savory of the Realm Cabernets, the 2013 Farella Vineyard offers up a compelling mélange of graphite, sage, menthol, tobacco and inky blue/purplish fruit. Like all of the 2013s, the Farella has plenty of medium-term appeal, but with an extra edge of tannin underpinning the fruit. I would prefer to give the 2013 at least a few years in barrel to fully come together, as the acidity and tannins are searing at the moment. The cool climate of Coombsville is a good foil for the Realm style.
94 points Antonio Galloni- Black cherry, plum, cloves, smoke, new leather and licorice meld together in the 2012 Pinot Noir. Ample, rich and dramatic in the glass, the 2012 is all about power and intensity. This explosive Pinot from volcanic soils is explosive from start to finish. The 2012 was aged in 60% new oak, all of which it handled with grace. 94+ points. ohn and Lorraine Alban have done a magnificent job with their 2012s. I tasted both wines just after they had been bottled, but that did not seem to be too much of an issue. The 2012 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are both terrific, but perhaps more importantly, they represent a significant step up from the 2011s, which suggests North has a bright future. Readers should expect ripe, textured wines built on volume and resonance.
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