Amuse Bouche
Collectible wine and collectible art come together to create the Pomerol-inspired Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend, a joint wine venture from legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett, and vintner John Schwartz.

  • Region: Napa Valley
  • Winery Location: Napa Valley
  • Owner: John Schwartz and Heidi Barrett
  • First Vintage: 2002
  • Winemaker: Heidi Barrett

Story
Heidi and John started Amuse Bouche in 2002, taking inspiration from their shared love of the great Châteaux of Pomerol to produce a Napa Merlot of elegance, poise and refinement that would deliver in spades at release while retaining great cellaring potential. The fruit comes from the secretive Amuse Bouche vineyards, hidden in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains above Napa’s Rutherford AVA. They have the perfect combination of clay, gravel and volcanic soils, giving the Amuse Bouche its unmistakable complexity and structure. There’s an added air of collectability as a different artist is invited to produce a unique label for each vintage, including the final work of Tony Curtis for the 2010 vintage.
Vineyards
The location of the Amuse Bouche vineyard is a closely guarded secret. We do know that it’s located in the hillside above eastern Rutherford. A combination of rare clay and volcanic soils, coupled with the influence of nearby Conn Creek, is the perfect terroir for producing Merlot of elegance and refinement, while still capturing the California sunshine in its depth and intensity.
Winemaking
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.

During her 15 year tenure (1992-2006) as winemaker for Screaming Eagle, and 9 years at Dalla Valle Vineyards (1988-1996), Heidi had arguably the biggest influence of anyone on the historic ‘Cult Napa Wines’ that emerged to huge critical acclaim in the early 1990s. These wines forever placed the Napa Valley among the World’s elite wine producing regions.

Latest arrivals from Amuse Bouche

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2021 Amuse Bouche, Vin Perdu, Napa Valley 6x75cl

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Blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Franc Vintage production: 700 cases The Vin Perdu is an eclectic and extraordinarily tasty and complex wine that punches far above its... weight. Each vintage sports a unique, and firmly tongue-in-cheek patented flip lenticular label - a sense of humour that belies the serious wine inside the bottle: never judge a book by its cover! The fruit is sourced from parcels at the Estate's Kenefick Ranch Vineyard in Calistoga, sprinkled with choice lots from the Au Sommet Estate on Atlas Peak, and Amuse Bouche Vineyards above eastern Rutherford. It's a compelling expression of Napa Valley.
£470 / Case£78.33 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £586.46 / Case, £97.74 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Amuse Bouche, Red Blend, Napa Valley 6x75cl

Blend: 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc Vintage production: 600 cases Legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett and vintner John Schwartz started Amuse Bouche in 2002, taking inspiration from their shared... love of the great Châteaux of Pomerol to produce a Napa Merlot of elegance, poise and refinement that would deliver in spades at release while retaining great cellaring potential. The fruit comes from the secretive Amuse Bouche vineyards, hidden in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains above Napa's Rutherford AVA. They have the perfect combination of clay, gravel and volcanic soils, giving the Amuse Bouche its unmistakable complexity and structure. Four Corners Wine: "The concentrated, guarded and highly exciting aromatics here promise wonders and delights to come, with underlying layers of delicate milk chocolate and a dusting of cocoa adding to the intrigue. It's closed at this early stage, but there's going to be a lot to enjoy with a bit of time in bottle. The palate is led by a gorgeous texture with supple and refined tannins and a bright, lifted and joyous energy. The fruit is crisp, crunchy, beautifully defined and extremely moreish. This elegant, feminine Merlot is a thing of beauty and while it's early days, there's boundless promised of great things to come." (Sep. 2023)
£1,115 / Case£185.83 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,360.46 / Case, £226.74 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2016 Amuse Bouche, Red Blend, Napa Valley 6x75cl

RP95+
Blend: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc Vintage production: 750 cases Legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett and vintner John Schwartz started Amuse Bouche in 2002, taking inspiration from their shared... love of the great Châteaux of Pomerol to produce a Napa Merlot of elegance, poise and refinement that would deliver in spades at release while retaining great cellaring potential. The fruit comes from the secretive Amuse Bouche vineyards, hidden in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains above Napa's Rutherford AVA. They have the perfect combination of clay, gravel and volcanic soils, giving the Amuse Bouche its unmistakable complexity and structure.
£1,065 / Case£177.50 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,300.46 / Case, £216.74 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2016 Amuse Bouche, Red Blend, Napa Valley 1x75cl

RP95+
Blend: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc Vintage production: 750 cases Legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett and vintner John Schwartz started Amuse Bouche in 2002, taking inspiration from their shared... love of the great Châteaux of Pomerol to produce a Napa Merlot of elegance, poise and refinement that would deliver in spades at release while retaining great cellaring potential. The fruit comes from the secretive Amuse Bouche vineyards, hidden in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains above Napa's Rutherford AVA. They have the perfect combination of clay, gravel and volcanic soils, giving the Amuse Bouche its unmistakable complexity and structure.
£179 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £218.54 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days