2007 L'Aventure Paso Robles Estate Cuvée
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 49% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Petit Verdot, the 2007 Estate Cuvee is a blockbuster. A seamlessly built, multidimensional effort, it boasts a black/blue color as well as a gorgeous perfume of graphite, charcoal, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, truffles, bouquet garni, and a subtle hint of oak. Superb texture and power in addition to a seamless integration of acidity, alcohol, tannin, and wood suggest it will evolve for 10-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining purple. Wild, pungent aromas of dark berry preserves, apricot, violet and incense; reminds me of a high-end northern Rhone wine. Deeply concentrated but graceful, displaying sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors and a slow-building spiciness. The floral note recurs on the finish, which is spicy, focused and extremely long.
Shows the soft, lush creaminess that mark L'Aventure's reds. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Mourvedre, it's almost sweet in blackberry, cherry, chocolate, smoky oak and spicy flavors. Refined tannins help proved grounding.
Just to clarify, the composition of the 2007 Estate Cuvée is 49% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Petit Verdot - no Mourvedre, as the Wine Enthusiast review suggests.