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    Amuse Bouche (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends - Napa Valley, California

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    • RP92
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Item no. 123275

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Production of the inaugural vintage of Amuse Bouche wine is limited to 3,000 bottles. The Amuse Bouche wine is showing remarkable structure and suppleness through fermentation, with aromas and flavors of black tea, currants, raspberries and anise. The Cabernet Franc grapes, from 20-year-old hillside vines in Oakville, California, were picked on October 3, 2002 and have joined the Merlot grapes aging in a variety of French oak cooperage.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Ultraripe and showy, with juicy wild berry, blackberry and currant flavors that are complex and concentrated, with a tight focus and a long, lingering aftertaste. Not shy about the use of toasty oak; the wood folds in nicely. A touch of heat on the finish underscores the ripeness, and it has ample tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Primarily Merlot blended with a small amount of Cabernet Franc, Amuse Bouche’s Merlot is packaged in a heavy, artisanal bottle displaying the artwork of Guy Buffet on the label. It is a classic, high quality Merlot with an opaque ruby/purple color as well as notes of sweet cherries, Asian plum sauce, and hints of camphor and ink. The fragrant aromatics are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine revealing gorgeous fruit, purity, glycerin and texture. This 2002 appears to have hit full maturity and should drink well for another decade given its level of concentration and balance.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright ruby-red. Aromas of bitter cherry, plum, licorice, dark chocolate, tobacco and smoke. Juicy, sappy and fruity, with dark berry, mineral, licorice, tobacco and fresh herb flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Vibrant and light on its feet. Elegant, flavorful wine, finishing with fine tannins and lovely verve. 92 points.

    92 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Spinnaker (8/21/2013)
    From California's most famous winemaker - she made Screaming Eagle too! I believe this was the first vintage ever made of Amuse Bouche. Collectible stuff I'd imagine.

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