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2018 Amuse Bouche

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

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RATINGS

98The Wine Advocate

...bombastic scents of ripe black plums, boysenberries and Black Forest cake with hints of Morello cherries, star anise, cardamom and red roses, plus a touch of garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in poise, delivering loads of vibrant black fruit and exotic spice flavors with bold freshness plus exquisitely ripe, rounded tannins, finishing with fantastic length and perfume. Absolutely stunning Merlot!

95+ Vinous / IWC

Bright red berry fruit, cedar, tobacco, mint, dried flowers and a kiss of sweet French oak give the 2018 its racy, extroverted personality.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...beautiful bouquet of black cherries, tobacco leaf, damp earth, and chocolate that flows to a medium to full-bodied red with silky tannins, a nicely integrated spine of acidity, and just terrific overall balance.

93James Suckling

Clear, subtle aromas of blueberries, blackberries and stone...full-bodied with creamy and lightly chewy tannins and a tangy, fruity and savory finish.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

VINTAGE

2018 Amuse Bouche

Merlot & Cabernet Franc