Amuse Bouche is a Napa Valley winery that was established in 2002 by John Schwartz and prominent Napa winemaker Heidi Barrett. The winery’s flagship Pomerol-inspired Merlot was created in response to Napa’s famously elusive Cult Cabernet wines. Each label features a commissioned piece of art by a prominent artist.
The first vintage of Amuse Bouche was limited to 3000 bottles, and was produced from Merlot and Cabernet Franc grown in Oakville. Today, production has increased significantly with grapes now sourced from the eastern hills of Rutherford. The wine is aged in new oak barrels from a combination of French cooperages, including Taransaud, Radoux and Gamba.
As well as the flagship, Barrett produces an additional small collection under the Amuse Bouche umbrella. Vin Perdu is essentially the estate’s second wine, and is made from a blend of Bordeaux grapes left over from Barrett’s primary wine labels including Amuse Bouche, Au Sommet, La Sirena, Lamborn, and Fantesca estates. Prêt à Boire rosé has been produced since 2010 and is made from Rutherford-grown Syrah and Grenache.