2001 L'Aventure "Optimus" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1010862 94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2001 Optimus (a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, 5% Zinfandel, and 3% Petit Verdot with 15.4% alcohol) is a blockbuster. A dense purple color precedes the sumptuous perfume of blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, and licorice. The small percentages of Petit Verdot and Zinfandel along with the huge amount of Syrah give this wine much more up-front, accessible aromatic and flavor profiles. Drink this beautiful red now and over the next 10-12 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2004)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From Rhône-possessed Paso Robles, an adventurous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel. The aroma is subdued now, closed and brooding. On the palate is an explosion of cassis, briar, chocolate and coffee. Sweet, ripe tannins make for a dusty mouthfeel. Needs a minimum of a year in the cellar. Inner quote mark (6/2004)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A ripe, fleshy, openly fruity style, with plum jam, raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors, a smooth, fleshy texture, finishing with finely integrated tannins and a long aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel. Inner quote mark (2/2004)

Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium ruby. Aromas of raspberry, black licorice, violet, menthol and nutty oak. Concentrated, high-toned flavors of wild black fruits and licorice pastille. Offers the powerful sweet berry fruit and high alcohol of a ruby port. Dense and thick, but with adequate acidity. Has enough fruit to stand up to the somewhat aggressive alcohol on the back end. Inner quote mark (1/2005)

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