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L'Aventure 2017 Estate Cuvee Red, Paso Robles

L'Aventure 2017 Estate Cuvee Red, Paso Robles

98
Jeb Dunnuck
96
Wine Advocate

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  • 98 Points
  • Maverick Bordeaux winemaker
  • "concentrated and seamless on the palate"
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About L'Aventure 2017 Estate Cuvee Red, Paso Robles

Stephan Asseo, owner and winemaker at L'Aventure Winery, began making wine in 1982, following his education at L'Ecole Oenologique de Macon, Burgundy, France. In that same year, Stephan established Domaine de Courteillac in Bordeaux. He and his family later purchased Chateau Fleur Cardinal and Chateau Robin in the Cotes de Castillion, Bordeaux. Over the next 15 years, Stephan developed into an artisan winemaker of fastidious craftsmanship and gained a reputation as a maverick vigneron.

In 1998 after searching for over a year among the world's great wine regions for the next chapter in his winemaking career he founded L'Aventure in Paso Robles. The rolling topography of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the deep calcareous soils, and the maritime influences of the renowned Templeton Gap all combine to produce a world class wine country, with the potential to craft some of the world's greatest blends.

This wine is the Estate Cuvee which offers the best representation of the Willow Creek District terroir. The grapes are sourced entirely from the estate L'Aventure Vineyard at very low yield of just 1.5 to 2 tons per acre. The blend is 49% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Petit Verdot. The wine aged for 15 months in 90% new French oak and 10% 1-year-old French oak and was bottled without fining or filtering.

Jeb Dunnuck scored this 98 points saying "The flagship 2017 Estate Cuvée (49% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 21% Petit Verdot) spent 15 months in 90% new French oak, and I certainly blew the barrel review on this wine. It offers a brilliant bouquet of crème de cassis, crushed violets, lead pencil, chocolate, and a rocking sense of minerality. Deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and seamless on the palate, it's about as polished and sexy as they come in the vintage."

The Wine Advocate scored this 96 points saying "A blend of 49% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Estate Cuvée has a very deep purple-black color and explosive nose of black cherry and boysenberry preserves, crème de cassis, cedar, violet, burnt orange peel, baker’s chocolate, thyme, grilled meats, loamy earth and Indian spices. The silky, full-bodied palate is expansive, spicy and floral laced, with a firm but incredibly pixelated frame and great freshness on the long, dense finish. This merits another 3-5 years in bottle at least."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 14.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type Red
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Appellation Paso Robles

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