L'Aventure Optimus 2006
92 points Robert Parker: ...50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, and 5% Petit Verdot... Reminiscent of a northern Rhone blended with a Bordeaux, it exhibits sweet cassis, graphite, and a chalky, powdery minerality, good structure, and full body. As the wine sits in the glass, hints of espresso roast and white chocolate emerge. This structured, slightly backward, well-endowed 2006 should age effortlessly for 10-15 years. (Aug 2009)
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
Decidedly woody on the nose with a lot of fruit laying in wait, this develops a feral,earthy character with black and blue fruits that recalls Syrah with it's meaty undertones. In the mouth this is tight with excellent focus to the core of very ripe, spicy, tobacco toned fruit that has a nice streak of chalk running through the mid-palate leading to a finish with some distracting, bitter wood tannins. The finish is very crisp and clean and ends on a bright blackberry coulis note. Still very youthful this is a rich wine packed with dense fruit and excellent balance. 92pts
Dark cedar and spice nose. The flavor explodes with red fruit, then the spice and tannin hits and mellows into a dark fruit finish.
Not as rich as the Cote a Cote 2006, this wine is more restrained as well. Still a little too youthful, and showing in its tightness and stronger tannins. Finishes on tannins with walnut flavors.
Rich nose of red berry and baking spice. The flavors on the palate follow with vibrant acid and fruit. It's dominated by red fruit. It's ripe and jammy but retains nice balance. It's luscious and decadent, but doesn't step over the line. A good "fruit bomb" in my opinion. 2/18/12
A classic Bordeaux style blend, with lots of nice mocha notes and a dark quality from the petit verdot.
Two and a half glasses
External Reviews for L'Aventure Optimus
($85; 52% syrah, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 8% petit verdot) Opaque ruby. Deep, smoky aromas of blackcurrant, cherry-cola, black pepper, vanilla, tobacco and smoked meat. Broad, chewy red and dark berry flavors gain sweetness with air while picking u... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Aventure, L' Estate Cuvee 750ml