2021 Vin Perdu Red Blend
Vintage : 2021
Country : USA
Region : California, Napa Valley
We've all asked ourselves the proverbial question: If I were stranded on an island with only one bottle of wine, what bottle would that be
This age-old and daunting conundrum inspired this year's label. You will find that the label not only tackles the question (man stranded, what to drink) but… with a mere twist of the wrist — or a quick flip of the lenticular image — it also poses a solution: drink more wine while the going is good! Why wait for the cliche stranding, the next climate event, economic upheaval? We produce Vin Perdu, our "lost wine," with the philosophy that no good wine should be wasted, and we all should seize every moment lest we lose them forever.
After a two-year hiatus due to the smoke-tainted vintage in 2020, we are pleased to offer you an allocation of Vin Perdu 2021 Napa Valley Red Blend. This wine sells out quickly due to its deliciously complex contents, great-value price point and one-of-kind label.
Heidi's Vin Perdu 2021 blend consists of 67.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.7% Syrah and 14.9% Cabernet Franc from our Napa Valley vineyards. This vintage yielded close to 700 cases.
Heidi Barrett grew up in the Napa Valley in a winemaking family and was destined to become one of California's leading winemakers. It is said that winemaking is a combination of science and art. With a scientist-winemaker father and an artist mother it is no big surprise that Heidi was drawn to the wine industry. With great enthusiasm, a love for what she does, and an incredible wealth of experience, Heidi blends the art and science of winemaking like few can.
In 2002, Heidi partnered with longtime friend John Schwartz to create Amuse Bouche, a Pomerol-inspired Merlot from Napa Valley. Recognizing that the cult wine phenomenon has created an almost aspirational class structure among collectors, the partners decided to make this limited edition wine available to a much broader consumer base. Winemaker Heidi Barrett explains, "We have created Amuse Bouche, a limited edition, superb Pomerol style wine with the added value of limited edition art that is available to consumers through a variety of channels."
Growing up in Napa Valley in a winemaking family, Heidi Barrett was destined to become one of California’s leading winemakers. Graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. Degree in Fermentation Science in 1980, Heidi has exposed herself to a wide range of winemaking experiences and started making her own wine in 1994.
In 2002, she found Amuse Bouche, commonly known as the Pomerol-inspired Merlot from Napa Valley with her longtime friend, John Schwartz. Recognizing that the cult wine phenomenon has created an almost aspirational class structure among collectors, the partners decided to make this limited-edition wine available to a much broader consumer base.
Heidi Barrett has been a wine judge at various competitions over the last 20 years, was president of Napa Valley Wine Tech, and has graced the covers of both The Wine News and The Wine Enthusiast. She has been a featured guest on several television programs, was winemaker of the year, made Parker’s list of wine personalities of the year 1994,1995 and is on Parker’s wine heroines list of 1998. Parker has dubbed her the “first lady of wine”.
James Suckling, 94 pts
"A red with bright purple fruit and crushed stones. Flowers and some chili spice, too. Full-bodied with creamy, chewy tannins and a long, fresh finish. So tasty now. Lovely depth. 42.3% cabernet sauvignon, 33.1% petit verdot, 16.9% merlot, 6.2% malbec and 1.5% petite sirah. Drink now. "
Vinous, 94 pts
"The Vin Perdu is once again fabulous in 2019. Sweet tobacco, cedar, licorice, spice, leather and menthol lend notable aromatic complexity and nuance. This mid-weight, flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend hits all the right notes. It's an absolute joy to taste, not to mention a very serious second wine."