2005 L'Aventure "Côte a Côte Estate" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1029955 93 points 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)  (7/2014)

92 points 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)  (12/2007)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (2/2008)

K&L Notes

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)

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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.