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Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche 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.


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135 Camino Dorado, Napa, CA, US, 94558 Email:
Phone: 707-251-9300 Web:
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  Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Merlot
Production of the inaugural vintage of Amuse Bouche wine is limited to 3,000 bottles. The Napa Valley Merlot grapes were harvested on September 18, 2002 at optimum brix levels (rootstock 101-14/clone 6) from their 3-acre block. The Amuse Bouche wine is showing remarkable structure and suppleness through fermentation, with aromas and flavors of black tea, currants, raspberries and anise. The Cabernet Franc grapes, from 20-year-old hillside vines in Oakville, California, were picked on October 3, 2002 and have joined the Merlot grapes aging in a variety of French oak cooperage.
  Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Merlot
Amuse Bouche is a Napa Valley Merlot based wine that will rival its greatest cross-Atlantic counterparts, such as Chateau Petrus and Chateau Le Pin. Wine critics and customers alike have raved about the 2002 (which sold out quickly). Early reports from the winery indicates that 2003 (our second vintage of Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Merlot Wine) will be a spectacular one. The warm summer and dry harvest should yield a wine of great concentration and elegance. Due to the extremely hot summer in California, the Napa Valley Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested in early September.


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