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2005 L'Aventure - Estate Cuvee 750ml
2005 L'Aventure - Estate Cuvee
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles
Red / Proprietary Blend
2005 L'Aventure - Estate Cuvee
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 135

($75; 52% syrah, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 8% petit verdot) Opaque purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of dark berries, flowers and minerals, with a strong mocha undertone. Spicy cassis and blackberry flavors are sharpened by graphite and cracked pepper, picking up dark chocolate and licorice on the close. Leaves a vibrant, spicy impression on the long, juicy finish. This put on weight and gained sweetness with air; I'd give it at least five years of cellar time. Asseo mentioned that he is not following the current trend of experimenting with extended barrel aging for syrah (a practice most commonly associated with Guigal for their top Cote-Roties). "In the northern Rhone they need to soften their syrah, but we don't need to do that in Paso Robles," he told me.

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WA
96

Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 213

More thick, chewy and decadent, the 2005 Estate Cuvee is comprised of 52% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Petit Verdot. It is blockbuster stuff with sweet blackcurrants, creme de cassis, truffle, lead pencil, chocolate and charred earth aromas and flavors all showing on the nose. It doesn't pull any punches on the palate either and possesses massive fruit and texture, sweet tannin and a knockout finish. While it could be mistaken for a Bordeaux on the nose, it's California all the way on the palate. Drink it over the coming decade.

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Community Reviews

92

PurpleTeeth Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/21/2010 Drink Dates: 2008-2012

Inky black and drinking like 60-weight motor oil; still, it has the complexity and structure to maintain its balance. Huge, huge bouquet; teeth-staining dark robe; thick, glycerine legs; but just the right amount of tannin for grip. The Petit Verdot is really prominent now, something I find appealing. This wine is made by the proprietor, Stephan Asseo, a bordelais transplant who grew tired of the French authorities telling him how to make wine and moved to Paso Robles. Stephan believes in making wine for the Paso terroir and gets the most flavor possible from his land. That means blending unusual combinations of Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah and other Bordeaux varietals. The traditional AOC blending rules are thrown out the window, and the result is a truly honest, flavorful wine that just seems right for the place where the grapes where grown.

95

SingKevin Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 04/25/2010

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