2016 Amuse Bouche Vin Perdu Napa Valley Red Blend
Heidi Barrett is the biggest rock star in Napa’s winemaking world. With a resume including working at or consulting with the cultiest of cult wines such as Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Grace Family, Fantesca, Diamond Creek and (our favorite) Kenzo, it’s almost impossible for the case to be made otherwise. For many of these properties, she was the first winemaker to develop the ‘cult concept’ in Napa, effectively changing the way our industry works today. With all of these industry-changing achievements, however, it may be her own line of properties that is the most impressive of all.
Her namesake wine, Amuse Bouche, is a Pomerol-styled blend that focuses on Merlot and is every bit as powerful and elegant as you’d find from the likes of, say, Chateau Lefleur, Le Pin, or, day I say, Petrus! Heidi also crafts a stellar and somewhat under-the-radar left bank blend, Vin Perdu, which we’re offering today. This polished red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with almost equal proportions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc to fill it out. The fruit comes from Fantesca, Amuse Bouche, Au Sommet, La Sirena and Barrett & Barrett vineyards spanning across five different sub-regions of Napa.
Heidi’s winemaking pedigree paired with the long list of stellar vineyards gives a left-bank blend that is layered with finesse, texture, fruit and minerality, while offering a perfectly timed kiss of French oak in the finish. Dark (inky actually), this beauty shows notes of blackberry, cassis, chocolate, cedar, crushed rock, cigar, green tobacco and even hints of tomato leaf. Not over or underdone, this wine is just right with a finish that’s ridiculously long and extremely well-balanced. This is one of those wines that shows top-notch fruit sourcing and winemaking by one of the best Napa has ever seen. For how young it is, too, it’s drinking incredibly well. You could certainly lay this wine down for 10-15 years with confidently great results. Cheers to a true Napa legend!