2007 L'Aventure "Côte à Côte" Estate Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The blockbuster 2007 Cote a Cote (40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah) boasts a dense purple color as well as a provocative bouquet of jammy black cherries, coffee beans, smoked meats, lavender, and spice. Dense and opulent with a voluptuous texture, tremendous concentration, a layered finish, and abundant tannin (all well-concealed by the cascade of fruit and glycerin), this beauty should be drunk over the next 10+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
($85; 40% each of mourvedre and grenache and 20% syrah) 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.
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. Drink this soft, flamboyant wine now.
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. Best from 2011 through 2019.