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Date Printed: 4/25/2014
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2006
L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2006
(search item no. 95733)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"A thrilling, nearly perfect efforts is the 2006 Estate Cuvee. A blend of 49% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2006 Estate Cuvee may be even better. Tasting like a superb example of a premier grand cru St.-Emilion made from California-s limestone soils, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a perfume of sweet creme de cassis, fruitcake, licorice, incense, tobacco leaf, and spice box. A voluptuous texture, fabulous opulence, and thrilling concentration as well as purity make for a prodigious example of blended red wine that will provide enormous pleasure and complexity for 12-15+ years.

Transplanted Frenchman, Stephan Asseo (from St.-Emilion), has found a home as well as some great terroirs in the limestone soils of Paso Robles (all his vineyards are situated on the western side of Highway 101). Asseo continues to go from strength to strength, producing a fabulous portfolio of wines that makes L-Aventure one of the bright, shining reference points for the region. This is one of the California Central Coast superstars, and the wines are worth every cent."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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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.