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Date Printed: 12/17/2014
L'Aventure Optimus 2011
L'Aventure Optimus 2011
(search item no. 127368)
green wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 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:

Optimus sets the pace for the vintage with a delicious and classic blend. Purple hued, Optimus 2011 offers aromas of fresh blueberries, sharp cola, and a little anise. The attack is soft and round in the mouth. Firm acidity across the palate stands behind complex tobacco leaf, violet, and red and dark berry flavors. A soft finish, with some spicy wood notes, this wine is very characteristic of the vintage.

Blend: 50% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% 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.