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2009 L'Aventure "Optimus" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1070912 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The inky colored 2009 L'Aventure Optimus checks in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Petite Verdot that was aged for 15 months in 80% new French oak. Boasting full throttle notes of black fruits, charcoal, chocolate, and roast beef like qualities, as well as a decadent, full-bodied texture, ripe tannin and a chewy, broad finish, this youthful blend has an unevolved, dense feel, needs 2-3 years of bottle age to fully flesh out, and should have upwards of a decade of life. Inner quote mark (12/2011)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A gorgeous and generous red. Very silky and rich with a lovely texture of ripe, polished tannins and plenty of dark fruits and milk chocolate. Full and refined. Drink now or hold. Inner quote mark (8/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Opaque purple. Deeply pitched black and blue fruits on the nose, with notes of cracked pepper and cured tobacco adding complexity. Densely packed and energetic, with a seamless texture to the sweet boysenberry and cassis flavors. Tannins arrive late and add grip to the very long, smoke-accented finish. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Optimus Estate flows from the glass with masses of dark fruit, tar, smoke and licorice. It boasts a highly attractive, juicy personality and tons of harmony, in a style that can be best described as a baby version of the Estate Cuvee bottling. In 2009 the blend is 50% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot, with a total of 80% new oak. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

K&L Notes

Optimus is a more forward version of L'Aventure's "Estate Cuvee" bottling, as it features an almost identical varietal blend and is also estate-grown. Think Napanook to Dominus. A blend of 50% Syrah, 33% Cab and 15% Petit Verdot, Optimus displays a beautiful ruby color. Its aromatic profile balances the currant and cherry aromas of Cab with the savory, meatier, blackberry scents of Syrah. Pencil lead, black tea, and cola flesh out the palate, and the finish is kissed with mocha and tobacco notes, fine tannins, and a little hint of vanilla bean.

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