Amuse Bouche Vin Perdu Red 2013
Imagine gathering on a beautiful cloudless night, waiting for something magical to transform the darkness. Suddenly the sky explodes with color, light, and noise, dazzling the senses. The fireworks fade, but the memory of those captivating moments linger. This experience inspired the label art for our 2013 Vin Perdu - a crescendo of flavors with a lingering finish. Once again, Heidi has masterfully blended small lots from some of our finest vineyard blocks on the eastern side of Napa Valley, delivering an incredible array of aromas and flavors. The composition of 2013 Vin Perdu is 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot, 9.6% Syrah, 8.6% Petit Verdot, and 3.2% Cabernet Franc from the Amuse Bouche, La Sirena and Lamborn Estates. Because the percentages of the Vin Perdu components vary from year to year, each vintage is truly unique.
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.
In 2002, Heidi partnered with longtime friend John Schwartz to create Amuse Bouche, a Pomerol-inspired Merlot from Napa Valley. Recognizing that the cult wine phenomenon has created an almost aspirational class structure among collectors, the partners decided to make this limited edition wine available to a much broader consumer base. Winemaker Heidi Barrett explains, "We have created Amuse Bouche, 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."
Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.
Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.