2005 L'Aventure "Côte a Côte Estate" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More rustic and masculine, the 2005 Cuvee Cote a Cote is equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Offering notions of blackcurrants, ground herbs, pepper, tar and licorice, this full-bodied effort has a full, concentrated mid-palate, ample tannin and a savory, expansive profile. Drinking beautifully and at the early stages of maturity, it should be consumed over the coming 10-12 years. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky violet. Powerful, syrah-dominated bouquet offers cassis, bitter cherry, flowers and cracked pepper. Firm dark fruit flavors open to reveal sweet blackberry and plum, with slow-mounting spiciness. Wound up tight right now but there's clearly excellent material here. Finishes with a palate-staining cherry pit quality and superb persistence. 92+ (JR)
Rich, intense, powerful and concentrated, with dense blueberry, tar, loamy earth and spice, with a solid wall of tannins. Needs air and time. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
Praise for the producer from Robert Parker: "Transplanted Frenchman, Stephan Asseo (from St.-Emilion), has found a home as well as some great terroirs in the limestone soils of Paso Robles (all his vineyards are situated on the western side of Highway 101). Asseo continues to go from strength to strength, producing a fabulous portfolio of wines that makes L-Aventure one of the bright, shining reference points for the region. This is one of the California Central Coast superstars, and the wines are worth every cent." (12/2008)