2013 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend

Amuse Bouche

2013 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend

 

The Wine

The Amuse Bouche 2013 was harvested on September 17, and is a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc from our vineyards in the eastern hills of Rutherford. It is currently resting in a combination of Taransaud, Radoux and Gamba cooperage, awaiting its March 2015 bottling date. We produced 625 cases, and shipped the wine in the fall of 2015.

The Artist: LeRoy Neiman

LeRoy Neiman's "Sun Drenched Table" is the second piece of art we've commissioned from him to adorn an Amuse Bouche vintage. The bounty of colors and the complexity of this exquisite watercolor perfectly complement the 2013 wine Heidi has crafted for you. We are very fortunate to have known LeRoy for nearly ten years. This painting is one of his final works. LeRoy passed away in June 2012 at the age of 91 years.

Neiman often is described as an American impressionist. He employed a distinctive vivacity of color to evoke the subject, create the narrative and set the mood. His works hang in many renowned museums, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Today, Neiman originals sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and his signed lithographs often command close to $5,000.

 

95
Points
JAMES SUCKLING
2013 Vintage
"With such beautiful definition and balance, this may be the best ever from Amuse. Medium to full body, linear backbone and length, and a lovely, fresh finish. Drink now." - December 2016
94
Points
ROBERT PARKER
2013 Vintage
"The flagship wine of Amuse Bouche, the 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Amuse Bouche (Merlot), 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, has always been one of the best Merlot-based wines in Northern California. It shows loads of espresso bean, white chocolate, mocha, black cherry and blackberry fruit. The wine is soft, but structured, vibrant, juicy and full-bodied. Drink it over the next 15-20 years." - Wine Advocate #222, December 2015
93
Points
ANTIONIO GALLONI
2013 Vintage
"The 2013 Amuse Bouche is one of the more refined wines I have tasted here. Sweet floral and spice notes open up first, followed by an intricately woven fabric of expressive dark red fleshed fruits. Hints of menthol, tobacco and wild flowers add to the wine's sensual, perfumed personality. Elegant, supple and forward, the 2013 Amuse Bouche can be enjoyed young. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc." - Vinous, October 2015