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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
L'Aventure Optimus 2010
L'Aventure Optimus 2010
(search item no. 116756)
green wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate 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:

Assertive aromas of cola nut and bright cherry fruit, as well as cocoa and mineral notes. A wave of lush fruit attacks the palate, with cherry and blueberry underpinned by leather and a peppery zest. A very juicy mouth feel, well structured, with good acidity and a well integrated finish of soft tannin and French oak. This wine will drink very well in its youth.

Blend: 55% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 18% 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.