2003 L'Aventure - Estate Cuvee 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2003 L'Aventure - Estate Cuvee
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($75; 66% cabernet sauvignon, 28% syrah and 6% petit verdot) Bright, dark red. Liqueur-like yet lively aromas of blackberry, maraschino cherry, graphite, violet, licorice and dark chocolate. Very suave and silky, with lovely acids leavening the wine's sweetness. Began a bit youthfully grapey, but the black fruitflavors were joined by spices, pepper and licorice as the wine opened in the glass. Very long, very ripe and impressive. Asseo describes this wine as his interpretation of Paso Robles.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 121

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Score: 90
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/09/2011
kind of disjoint in the beginning

About This Producer


Stephan Asseo's adventure began in 1982 with a winemaking education from L'Ecole Oenologique de Macon in Bugundy and the subsequent establishment of a small empire in Bordeaux, including Chateau Fleur Cardinal. With a true desire to be more innovative than the French AOC law would allow, Asseo gained a reputation as a maverick vigneron and set out a world wide quest for great terroir.

After searching for over a year, the St. Emilion native fell in love with the unique terroir of Paso Robles and built L'Aventure Winery to pursue his ideals as a winemaker. L'Aventure's flagship Estate Cuvee (a blend of Cabernet and Syrah) has incredible track record 94-98 point scores each vintage since 2002. Robert Parker has reported that Asseo "continues to go from strength to strength, producing a fabulous portfolio of wines that makes L'Aventure one of the bright, shining reference points for the region. This is one of the California Central Coast superstars, and the wines are worth every cent."

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