L'Aventure Côte à Côte 2010
94 points Rhone Report: Deep purple and glass staining... 55% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 18% Petit Verdot, is a perfumed, lavishly fruited effort that gives up notions of black currants, lead pencil, mint, tobacco, and violets to go with a full-bodied, soft, supple, and open knit palate feel. The purity here is exceptional, and the texture is pure silk; it is ready to go now, and should shine for 8-10 years... this is certainly the value play of the lineup and has loads of class. (Dec 2012)
Stephan Asseo left Bordeaux to fulfill his dream of creating handcrafted Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon blends. His adventure landed him in Paso Robles California where he found the perfect terroir to complete his vision. He has spent the last 10 years creating a world class vineyard from which he meticulously composes top quality, handcrafted blends.
Rich nose of spicy red and black fruit. Great acid and texture. Velvety and lush with light pepper and rich red fruit. Raspberry and other red berries. It's luscious and elegant. Really tasty! 94 pts. 9/1/12 at winery