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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
L'Aventure Optimus 2008
L'Aventure Optimus 2008
(search item no. 107043)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 24% Petit Verdot – is simply luscious. Integrated aromas of fir, graphite, and acacia make an excellent nose. A focused attack of crushed flowers, geranium oil, cherries, and plums wash over the palate, and finish with orange peel and toast. Best Optimus ever?
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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.