- Producer: Amuse Bouche - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Heidi Barrett
- Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: < 1000 cases
- Winery location: St. Helena
- Owners: John Schwartz and Heidi Barrett
- First vintage: 2005
- Drinking window: 2019-2030
About the Estate
Vin Perdu is Heidi's second wine produced from sites within the Amuse Bouche and Au Sommet Vineyards.
Heidi Barrett grew up in the Napa Valley in a winemaking family and was destined to become one of California's leading winemakers. In 1988, she became a freelance winemaker, making wine for a number of small wineries. Within a week she was hired by Gustav Dalla Valle and was winemaker at Dalla Valle Vineyards until spring 1996. It was there that she took her abilities to the next level creating some powerful yet elegant Cabernets, including the famous "Maya" cult wine, a proprietary Cabernet blend that received two perfect 100 point scores from Robert Parker (the '92 and '93) as well as record breaking bids at the Napa Valley Wine Auction. She started making wine for Screaming Eagle in 1992, which has also received two perfect 100 point scores during her tenure (the '92 and '97 vintages). In 2002, Heidi partnered with longtime friend John Schwartz to create Amuse Bouche.
Amuse Bouche Vin Perdu 2016
"The 2016 Vin Perdu is absolutely gorgeous. In 2016, Vin Perdu is once again based on a core of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, ample and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 has a lot to recommend it. Mocha, plum, bittersweet chocolate, leather and spice meld together in a super-expressive, resonant wine from John Schwartz and Heidi Barrett. The Vin Perdu is technically the second wine of Amuse Bouche, but in many vintages I prefer it. At $75 a bottle, it is one of the great values in Napa Valley wine."
94 points, Antonio Galloni (Dec. 2018)