2007 L'Aventure "Estate Cuvée" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1046261 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Estate Cuvee (44% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 19% Petit Verdot) is much bigger and denser than its 2008 counterpart, despite the fact that it is only 15.4% alcohol, compared to the 2008's 15.9%. Full-bodied with abundant notes of creme de cassis, blackberries, smoke, graphite, and charcoal, this dense, layered, beautifully textured effort will benefit from another 1-2 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 10-15+ years.  (8/ 2010)

94 points 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.  (12/ 2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Firm and taut, with grapey berry, currant, mineral and herbal notes. Full-bodied and complex, offering plenty of fruit purity, floral scents and a taut framework. A blend anchored by Syrah and Cabernet that works. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020.  (10/ 2010)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This fully ripened, solidly structured wine boasts a wealth of extracted blackberryish fruit filled out by lots of somewhat toasty, rich and spicy notes in both nose and mouth. Its tannins are firm without being massive, and the wine's fleshy, supple, early texture on the palate is kept in good balance by the deep fruit and supportive astringency. This would be a great mate to braised short ribs in a rich, well-seasoned sauce.  (7/ 2010)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (10/ 2009)

K&L Notes

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.

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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.