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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2004
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2004
(search item no. 124828)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wonderfully "juicy" 2004 Estate Cuvee is unique in that a percentage of the blend was "co–fermented," due to the fact that all three of the varieties that comprise Estate Cuvee - Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot - arrived at maturity simultaneously. For the first time in his 24 years as a wine maker, Stephan saw these grapes fermenting in the same tank. The result is a seamless, complex work of art. Fresh aromas of plums, macerated blackberries, and blueberries in the nose, and dark, intense fruit on the palate. The mouth and lengthy finish are made more complex by hints of leather, tar, and tobacco leaf. An augmentation of Petit Verdot puts the 2004 on the classic track of the 2001 vintage.

Blend: 60% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot

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About L'Aventure:

L'Aventure was founded in 1998 by a French winemaker, Stephan Asseo. After Stephan graduated enology school in Burgundy, the Asseo family bought their first estate, Domaine de Courteillac, in the Bordeaux area in 1982. Later, the family purchased additional properties: Château Robin and Château Fleur-Cardinale in Saint-Emilion. Stephan raised these properties to a level of great quality, while managing some other well-established domaines such as Château Guillot-Clauzel in Pomerol and Château Corbin in St Emilion.

Stephan saw in the New World a unique opportunity to expand his experience, while gaining more freedom in viticulture and vinification. He began by looking all over California for land, including Napa/Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties, but it was the terroir and climate of Paso Robles that impressed him the most.