L'Aventure Optimus 2003
Firm tannins dominate the texture and give this young wine an austere edge, with only glimpses of wild berry, currant and spice. On the finish the tannins return to center stage. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2009. 2,000 caAdd winemaker's notes
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.
Four and a half glasses
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Firm tannins dominate the texture and give this young wine an austere edge, with only glimpses of wild berry, currant and spice. On the finish the tannins return to center stage. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2009. 2,000 ca
Saturated, deep ruby. Roasted black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose; porty in a positive way. Then impressively intense and juicy, with powerful flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate. Lovely acidity gives definition to this powerful but fine-grained wine. Boasts terrific intensity and finishing fruit. Finishes with broad, huge but fine tannins and noteworthy persistence. This distinctly bold cabernet carries about 16% alcohol.
The inky/purple-tinged 2003 Estate Cuvee (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, and 6% Petit Verdot) exhibits a restrained/reticent bouquet. With coaxing, lovely aromas of camphor, cassis, truffles, and vanilla emerge from this full-bodied, powerful, sweet blend. It boasts both profound depth and formidable structure. Forget it for 2andndash;3 years and enjoy it over the following 10andndash;15.
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 wineandrsquo;s sweetness. Began a bit youthfully grapey, but the black fruit flavors 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.
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to aromas of smoke, black currants, cigar tobacco, and incense. This powerfully constructed, layered Cabernet builds incrementally on the palate displaying terrific ripeness, huge tannins, and plenty of mass and structure. Forget it for 2–3 years, and drink it over the following 12–15, although I suspect it may last for two decades.
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