2006 L'Aventure "Côte à Côte Estate" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1039196 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In the same mold, with a classic, almost Old World savory character (certainly with a Paso Robles slant), the 2006 Cuvee Cote a Cote is 40% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Showing the ample creme de cassis, chocolate, seared meat and licorice-driven profile that’s common in this cuvee, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, yet stays lively and fresh, with no sense of weight or alcohol. (JD)  (7/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Aromas of fresh red berries, anise and dried flowers. Sweet raspberry and candied cherry flavors are deep and rich (this is close to 16.5%) but surprisingly lively, with dusty tannins adding grip. A bright kick of smoky Indian spices adds energy to the long, juicy finish. (JR)  (12/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Big, ripe and intense. Firm and muscular, with complex cedar, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's well-proportioned, ending with good length and a dash of heat. (JL)  (12/2008)

K&L Notes

The 2006 L'Aventure Estate Côte à Côte is reflective of winemaker Stephan Asseo's commitment to showcasing Rhône varietals in Paso Robles. A blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache and 30% Syrah, all from the L'Aventure Estate, this is a shimmering, gem-toned wine has a vibrant nose evocative of red summer fruit and spice. On the palate, the wine reveals layers of ripe blueberry and black cherry fruit complemented by graphite and acacia flower. It is full-bodied with firm tannins and plenty of stuffing to age for a decade or more.

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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.