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2003 L'Aventure "Estate Cuvée" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1016466 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Estate Cuvee gives up deep, layered and sweet aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, chocolate and roasted herbs that continue to develop and change with time in the glass. Comprised of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah and 6% Petit Verdot, it is a full-bodied, decadent and gorgeously put together effort that can be consumed anytime over the coming decade or more. (JD)  (7/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, dark red. Liqueur-like yet lively aromas of blackberry, maraschino cherry, graphite, violet, licorice and dark chocolate. Very suave and silky, with lovely acids leavening the wine's sweetness. Began a bit youthfully grapey, but the black fruitflavors were joined by spices, pepper and licorice as the wine opened in the glass. Very long, very ripe and impressive. 91+ points. (ST)  (7/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Dense and concentrated, with great balance and depth to the dried currant, spice, anise and wild berry fruit. Excellent structure, too, with lively acidity and firm tannins joining a hint of cedar and tobacco. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. (JL)  (5/2006)

K&L Notes

A previous 94-points Wine Advocate review from Robert Parker: "The inky/purple-tinged 2003 Estate Cuvee (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, and 6% Petit Verdot) exhibits a restrained/reticent bouquet. With coaxing, lovely aromas of camphor, cassis, truffles, and vanilla emerge from this full-bodied, powerful, sweet blend. It boasts both profound depth and formidable structure. Forget it for 2-3 years and enjoy it over the following 10-15." (06/2005)

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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.