The word Âme is French for "soul". It's something any winemaker or grape grower wants in their final wine. While developing the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards on our Conn Valley ranch, it became apparent that one parcel in particular stood out above the rest - literally as well as figuratively - given it was the highest elevation and rockiest parcel on the property. It took four years to develop, due to the rock removal and the steepness of the slopes. The results were worth the effort. We found that out in 2005 when the Cabernet Sauvignon crop from this block proved to be not only darker and more intense but dramatically different in aroma and flavor. We bottled it separately and called it Âme, for some our soul is certainly in it. It's important to us as well that there's some recognition of our three children, Alexandra, Michael and Elizabeth, whose first name initials make up the word.
"The finest 2005 is the Ame (which means "soul" in French), a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee fashioned from a parcel of the estate vineyard in Napa’s Conn Valley. Perhaps because of that, it possesses more minerality along with licorice, black currant, and cedar wood notes. Dense, full-bodied, rich, and impressively endowed, with good acidity, tannin, and extract, this 600-case offering will be at its best between 2009-2018. Range: 91-93"
The Wine Advocate
"Strong minty currant and hints of chocolate give this wine its flavor focus. Rich and concentrated, yet elegant and refined, showing off a nice black cherry and spice edge before the tannins grip. Drink now through 2013. 618 cases made."
"Saturated ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, mocha and violet; this smells creamy! Then fat and superripe but with a rocky character giving verve to the black fruit flavors. There's a slightly porty aspect here and yet the wine does not come off as overly sweet. Finishes with building tannins."
International Wine Cellar