Situated in the illustrious Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, Realm has emerged as a distinguished winery renowned for its robust Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines sourced from premier vineyards. Since its inception in 2002 by Juan Mercado and Wendell Laidley, Realm has steadily expanded its repertoire of vineyards, incorporating esteemed sites such as Beckstoffer Dr Crane and Farella. Their commitment to sustainable farming practices underscores their dedication to environmental stewardship.
Under the ownership of Scott Becker and winemaker Benoit Touquette, Realm underwent a transformative shift in winemaking, prioritizing extended aging potential and freshness over immediate fruitiness. The estate’s proprietary blend, “The Bard,” pays homage to Shakespeare, with each bottle bearing the poignant line from King Richard II. Notably, the “Moonracer” blend, comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, is a tribute to the indigenous Wappo tribe’s nocturnal “Moon Races.” With its limited production and escalating acclaim, Realm’s wines remain highly coveted, primarily distributed through an exclusive mailing list and select fine dining establishments.