91 Insider Points

REVIEWS

The Cigar Lover's Red
Wines come in all shapes and sizes, from light and airy to bold and voluptuous. The Amour Privé is on the latter side, dark, velvety, and just right for those seeking bold flavor.

Spiced fig on the nose. Medium-full bodied with clove, black pepper, dark cigar tobacco and a cran-blackberry undertone. Black cherry through the finish. Bust out the cigars around the fire with this one. This is your nightcap after a solid dinner. Drink now. 91 Points - JZ Aug '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    15.10%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Culty Amour Privé is the brainchild of winemaker Matt Wozniak. This is his most supple and friendly of the  production, nabbed from the winery's cellar for immediate enjoyment. Crafted from  from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—and from 100% Napa Valley fruit, this 2010 red is showing smooth and unctuous with a still youthful character. Precisely what a well aged culty wine should look like!

“Magnificent,” “viscerally thrilling,” “loaded with character and personality,”—just a few of the phrases used by Vinous in description of 2010 Napa Valley reds. The one and only drawback of this oddly overlooked success? “To be sure, the 2010s – the product of a long, cold growing season –are going to require a few years in bottle.” Flash forward eight years to uncork this Bordeaux blend and witness first hand all that magnificence in its absolute prime.

· Wozniak says, "It is Napa's world-class quality and reputation rather than its size that has earned its top position. As with France and its Grand Cru regions, Napa has distinct microclimates within its boundaries, 23 to be precise.  The variation in each of these microclimates produces profound and unique variations in each grape – this is where the magic lives and where we find the story of Amour Prive."

·“This is the type of vintage that is often overlooked upon release, but that consumers regret not purchasing more deeply when the wines start showing their full potential 4-5 years later,” writes Vinous on the subject of 2010 red varietals in the Napa Valley.

·While the winery itself is in Auburn, California—far afield from the state’s prime wine-growing regions, this wine was sourced from top vineyards in the Napa Valley.

· Owner and winemaker Matt Wozniak was a helicopter pilot and aircraft mechanic (along with a Mt. Everest expedition team member) before starting his own winery.

TASTING NOTES 

The Cuvée Noire Bordeaux styled blend was created in juxtaposition to our flagship Rive Gauche and Rive Droite proprietary blends.  Eagerly awaiting to be enjoyed today, this delicate, approachable proprietary blend exudes structure and harmony.  Youthful garnet in color, our 2010 Cuvée Noire exhibits aromas of black cherry, plums, and cocoa. The palate is soft and fruit forward, supported by supple tannins for a smooth finish.

*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Nestled in the Sierra Foothills near Napa Valley, "cult" boutique winery Amour Prive has been producing a few hundred cases of handcrafted, ultra premium Bordeaux-style Napa wines. Now with three unique blends and local acclaim, Amour Prive hopes to inspire more adulation of the individuals who put glass to nose and lips.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with any beef, veal, or poultry dish. Our favorite dish to pair it with is a delicious prime rib.