2003 Amuse Bouche - Red 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

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Drink Dates: 2005-2016
Author: Elizabeth Grubel

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Dark color, with wonderful perfumed cassis, currant and black cherry fruit that's openly aromatic. On the palate, the flavors are rich and polished, with a plush, dense texture and a long, intricate finish that picks up nuances of cedary oak and fresh earth. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 325 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

As an epicurean, I particularly love the label on the 2003. A certain shyness in the aromatic profile belies some exuberant, enticing, complex flavors in this medium to full-bodied, lush, layered wine. The bouquet offers up hints of coffee beans, black currants, cherries, kirsch liqueur and spice. The wine is medium to full-bodied, lushly textured and opulent in the mouth, with no hard edges. The style of this 2003 suggests it was drinkable upon release, but it is aging gracefully. While not the biggest of the 2003s, it is an elegant, mid-weight effort to enjoy over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($200; a blend of merlot and cabernet franc) Bright ruby-red. Crystallized currant, licorice and menthol on the nose. Round and ripe but not thick or heavy. Supple but tangy flavors of bitter cherry, red licorice, herbs and spices. Expands nicely on the back half. At once creamy and juicy, with good breadth and fine tannins. Doesn't have quite the verve of the 2002 release, but I find this graceful and fresh.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 124

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Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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324 bottles owned by 83 collectors.

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About This Producer

Heidi Barrett and John Schwartz, created this joint venture, aiming for the Pomerol-style of Bordeaux. This inspired team has constructed brilliant Merlot-driven wines that rival both Napa and Bordeaux counterparts. Barrett crafts wines with the rich purity and complex charm of Merlot with a judicious dollop of Cabernet Franc. Past clients include Screaming Eagle, Grace Family and Vineyard 29 and current clients include Jones Family and Revana Family Vineyards.

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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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