L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2010
Red Blends from Central Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.7%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This is one of the more "classic" versions of the iconic Cab/ Syrah blend. While generously juicy, in the spirit of the vintage, it captures the essence of the blend, with exuberant Syrah notes brought to heel by an almost austere Cabernet. The attack is grand, with cassis and cola, licorice and graphite, ending in a gripping, long, deep, complex finish. As usual, there are so many complexities and layers of flavor in this wine, that you really need to lay down a few cases and watch it develop over the years. This is definitely the "creme de la creme" from the 2010 range.
Blend: 42% Syrah, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot
"L'Aventure's flagship 2010 Estate Cuvee is strikingly beautiful. An exotic melange of dark cherries, plums, graphite and grilled herbs fleshes out in this deep, marvelously pliant wine. The 2010 impresses for its freshness, depth and fine overall balance, but the bouquet alone is compelling. Varietal Cabernet notes linger in the empty glass. This is a great showing. The Estate Cuvee is 42% Syrah, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot. I also tasted the Estate Cuvee back to 2002, and found in the best vintages the wine ages quite well. My favorites years are 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009, but the overall takeaway was really an impression that L'Aventure's flagship is becoming more refined in its overall personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Dark purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of cherry-cola, dark berries, pipe tobacco and potpourri. Spicy, deep blackberry, cassis and violet pastille flavors are complicated by suave vanilla and allspice nuances. Gains weight with but maintains clarity on the impressively long, juicy, subtly tannic finish, leaving behind a sexy floral quality."
International Wine Cellar
"Dark, rich and layered, with black licorice, plum and blackberry flavors that are tight and focused, ending with a long, persistent finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022."
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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: Chateau Robin and Chateau Fleur-Cardinale in Saint-Emilion. Stephan raised these properties to a level of great...
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...
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