2016 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend

Amuse Bouche

2016 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend

Twenty years ago, Jim Laube of the Wine Spectator asked Heidi where our vineyard holdings for Amuse Bouche Winery were located. Heidi replied, "I would have to kill you if I told you!" A long silence ensued at our lunch table. This slightly awkward, tongue-in-cheek moment from our wine history is the inspiration for our Vintage 2016 artwork. Heidi Barrett herself painted "A Secret Vineyard," a lovely image that perhaps may give further guidance to Mr. Laube. Heidi has been painting as long as she has been making wine, and we are thrilled to showcase both of her amazing talents in and on the bottle with our Amuse Bouche 2016. The lithographs are gorgeous, expertly produced on Rives paper by our Paris atelier using a 19th- century press. Each one is hand signed and numbered by Heidi herself.

The Wine

Amuse Bouche 2016, made in the Pomerol style, is a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc from our vineyards on Rutherford’s eastern hillside in Napa Valley (hint, hint). We managed to produce 750 cases; and we believe this vintage will be remembered as one of Napa’s best.

The Artist: Heidi P Barrett

Heidi Barrett grew up in the Napa Valley in a winemaking family and was destined to become one of California's leading winemakers. It is said that winemaking is a combination of science and art. With a scientist-winemaker father and an artist mother it is no big surprise that Heidi was drawn to the wine industry. With great enthusiasm, a love for what she does, and an incredible wealth of experience, Heidi blends the art and science of winemaking like few can. Read more >

Acquire

To reserve your allocation of Amuse Bouche 2016, or to request a private tasting at our estate or our new downtown Napa tasting salon, please call 707.251.9300.

You may also download and complete the below order form to secure your wine. Your lithograph will ship once your order is processed. Our 2016 Amuse Bouche magnums and 5L large formats will be offered in Spring 2018.

For more information call us at 1-707-251-9300 or email us at info@amusebouchewine.com.

95+
Points
The Wine Advocate
2015 Vintage
"A blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, the medium garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red Blend Amuse Bouche sings of crushed red and black plums, black cherry compote, Ceylon tea, licorice and Indian spices with a waft of potpourri. The palate is medium to full-bodied, exquisitely elegant with firm yet satiny tannins, refreshing, perfumed, spicy and very long with savory notions coming through." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, October 2018
93
Points
Antonio Galloni
2015 Vintage
"The 2015 Amuse Bouche is supple, juicy and inviting, with plenty of dark cherry and plum fruit pushed forward. Hints of tobacco, leather, chocolate and sweet spice add nuance to the dark fruit. In 2015, the Cabernet Franc is pushed up a bit higher than normal. Even so, the 2015 is delicate, restrained and very pretty." - January 2018
92+
Points
Wine Advocate
2015 Vintage
"Composed of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Merlot is scented of plums, Chinese five spice, dusty earth and bay leaves with touches of meat and Marmite. Medium-bodied and muscular in the mouth with firm, chewy tannins, this is a taut, restrained style with plenty of character and pleasantly savory finish." - December 2017