2004 L'Aventure Côte-à-Côte Estate" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1029863 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More focused, fresh and lively, with incredible purity of fruit, the 2004 Cuvee Cote a Cote (40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre) delivers brilliantly pure creme de cassis, chocolate, roasted meats and licorice as well as full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Elegantly textured, yet loaded with sweet fruit, gorgeous concentration and a big finish, it, too, will have another decade of longevity. It’s slightly more classic in style compared to the riper, bigger 2003, and should have a few more years of longevity as well. (JD)  (7/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Aromas of blackberry, minerals, violet, mint, dark chocolate and gardenia. Suave, pliant and sweet, with lovely inner-mouth perfume. Very sexy wine with excellent lift and perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes very long, with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and a lingering floral character. This bottling was terrific in '03 as well.  (10/2006)

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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.