2004 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend
Our 2004 Amuse Bouche, a Pomerol-style Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend is made from our vineyards in the Napa Valley. Heidi feels that the 2004 (our third vintage of Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Merlot Wine) will be another special wine. We anticipate a big, ripe Merlot characterized by elegance and structure.
Our grapes, weighing in at just under seven tons, were harvested on September 12 (two weeks earlier than our '03 harvest) at 25.0 brix. The '04 growing season got off to an early start and will be remembered for an extended heat wave in September during prime ripening-time and an overall lighter crop. We were fortunate to pick our fruit at the onset of the untimely heat, avoiding an over-ripe character that plagued many vineyards where the fruit had a longer hang time. Our Pomerol cuvee blend is multi-faceted, showing ripe, balanced, concentrated, lush and solidly woven generous fruit with seamless and supple flavors of espresso, licorice, caramel, plums and blueberries.
We are pleased to announce that the work of a new artist will enliven our 2004 bottles - and will feature a different acclaimed artist with each successive vintage. Renowned Napa Valley artist Ira Yeager has been commissioned to create the '04 artwork.
"...it's so supple and finely textured that it will find plenty of fans at its price. Succulent plum and black cherry fruit, subtle oak and background notes of tar and coffee close with refreshing acidity." - San Francisco Chronicle, Wines of the Year, December 2006