Our second vintage of Amuse Bouche, the 2003 is a spectacular one. The warm summer and dry harvest should yield a wine of great concentration and elegance. The juice was highly concentrated with an ideal balance of structure, supple tannins and ripe flavors.
The Napa Valley Merlot grapes were harvested on September 26 at 25.2 brix; the Cabernet Franc grapes were picked on September 23 at 25.0 brix in early September. The wine was aged gracefully in a combination of new French oak. This Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend exhibits all of the 'Pomerol style' elements we had hoped for and has been touted as a one of the finest Merlots from Napa Valley.
To complement the artistry of our small lot production, we commission original artwork to grace the label for each vintage. This vintage will feature another original artwork from artist Guy Buffet. While the '02 label depicts the many-layered joys of wine and food as an integral part of life, the '03 art is a tongue-in-cheek play on the "amusement of the mouth."