L'Aventure Optimus 2005
This wine is a beautiful blend of 51% Syrah, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. As it approaches its third birthday, this infant of a wine is still a deep ruby in color, even at its rim, where a wine first begins to show its age the crows feet of the wine world. Look for dark fruits of cassis and blueberry as well as cigar box and cola, followed by a broad palate of tar, leather, sweet black currants and other dark berries and licorice. The finish lingers and echoes like the sound of a gong in a quiet concert hall a complex wine Stephan says is drinking well now and will continue to improve for another 5-7 years, if you can muster the willpower.Cheers!Dave the Wine Merchant
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.
Editorial Reviews for L'Aventure Optimus
This is immediately giving on the nose with notes of fudge, mocha, mint, pencil shavings, tobacco and cool blackberry and boysenberry fruit. In the mouth this is cool and poised with good depth of fruit pinned by lots of fine wood tannins. This is more open and giving than the other L'Aventure cuvees and offers a nice introduction to the house style as it combines freshness and elegance while still delivering lots of intense fruits. 90pts
Clean, fresh red fruit aromas frame a deep blackberry core. There's a lot of spice, dark fig and raisin flavors with black olive, red fruit, chewy tannin, dark chocolate and an oaky finish. A delicious, complex wine.
Very fruity and rich nose of chocolate, nutmeg and cocoa. Good price for a wine of such complexity - very nice.
Integrated nose of cherry, leather and minerals. Smooth, silky and rich with opulent fruits. Nice finish, with a refreshing absence of licorice.
Three and a half glasses