2007 L'Aventure "Côte à Côte Estate" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1046262 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Mourvédre and 20% Syrah, the 2007 L'Aventure Côte-à-Côte is a drop dead gorgeous wine that offers deep, rich aromatics of black cherry and assorted dark fruits, meat, spice, herbs and earth. The palate is full bodied with perfect structure, an awesome pure, precise texture and a blockbuster finish. I’m a huge fan and this is one of the top wines in this report. Drink over the next 10 to 15 years.  (11/2009)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Just as good, the 2007 Cote a Cote starts out tight and reserved, but blossoms with time in the glass, showing incredibly pure creme de cassis, black cherry, licorice and spice-driven aromas and flavors. These all flow to a full-bodied, deep, rich and layered profile on the palate that carries beautiful concentration, excellent overall purity and freshness, and a blockbuster finish. Still youthful and vibrant, with obvious structure, I think there’s some upside here, and when all is said and done, it will have upward of two decades or more of total longevity. (JD) 96+  (7/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Potent dark berry and cherry scents are complicated by notes of licorice, smoked meat, violet and fruitcake. Lush, spicy and energetic, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and a refreshing hint of bitter cherry. Seamless and alluringly sweet, with strong finishing lift and outstanding clarity. You could easily enjoy this sexy wine right now. (JR)  (12/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Darker than most of the wines in a big Rhône tasting, this dramatic Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre bottling is full-bodied and rich. It offers waves of chocolate and blackberries, with oak providing a smoky, butterscotchy overlay.  (10/2009)

Wine Spectator

 A ripe, racy style, pushing the flavors to the edge of raspberry balsamic, yet this is still fresh, vibrant and lively, with excellent acidity and range of flavors, extending from mineral to dried berry, black tea, black licorice and crushed rock. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. (JL)  (3/2011)

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.