Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red 2014
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Collectible wine and collectible art come together to create Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Merlot, a joint wine venture with Heidi Barrett and John Schwartz. This Pomerol-style Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend is made from some of the best grape sources in the Napa Valley. Amuse Bouche wine aspires to rival its greatest cross-Atlantic counterparts, such as Chateau Petrus and Chateau Le Pin. As winemaker for several of the hottest cult wines in California, and referred to by TIME magazine as ”The Wine Diva of Napa”, Heidi Barrett is always looking for new challenges. Heidi explains, ”We have created Amuse Bouche wine, a limited edition, superb Pomerol style wine with the added value of limited edition art that is available to consumers through a variety of channels.” Merging art with our wines was something of a philosophical decision. The former can be enjoyed indefinitely, enduring for many lifetimes. Wine collectors may revel in the subtleties of a vertical collection; but in the end, ’fine wine is the only true art that must be destroyed in order to be fully appreciated.’ We strive to offer you the pleasures of both art forms.
The 2014 Amuse Bouche, the flagship Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend, is absolutely delicious. Dark cherry, mocha, spice and leather open up nicely in the glass. Fleshy, supple and radiant, with silky tannins underpinning the fruit, the 2014 has a lot to offer, even in the early going. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade or so.
Elegantly structured yet rich and complex, with red currant and wildflower aromas and raspberry, tomato leaf and olive flavors that linger. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2025. 700 cases made.