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2015 L'Aventure "Cuvée Chloe" Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1429117 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of my favorites in the lineup is the 2015 Cuvée Chloe, which is a co-fermented blend of 66% Syrah and 34% Grenache. The Syrah for this cuvée always comes from the Mcvey Block, which is a cooler, north facing parcel, and the Grenache from an old vine, south facing, warmer slope. Seeing plenty of whole cluster and aging in barrel, it’s reminiscent of a 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (despite the high Syrah content) and sports a deep purple color as well as sensational notes of blackberries and currants fruits intermixed with melted licorice, graphite/lead pencil, violets and tons of chalky minerality. This is a big, concentrated, beautifully balanced 2015 that needs 2-3 years of bottle age. It will have two decades of overall longevity. 2020-2035. Inner quote mark (7/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Mostly Syrah (66%) with the rest Grenache (44%), co-fermented, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cuvee Chloe has an exuberant nose of black cherries, crushed blackberries and red currants with licorice, dark chocolate and dried Provence herbs nuances, plus a waft of violets. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and packed with vibrant black and red fruits, it has a rock-solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with loads of spice, herb and earth layers. Amazing energy. Give it two years in bottle and drink it over the next 25+. 300 cases were made. (LPB) 98+ Inner quote mark (9/2017)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Inky ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black raspberry and boysenberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of incense, licorice and exotic flowers. Seamless and impressively concentrated, offering alluringly sweet dark berry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that are lifted and given a spicy edge by a jolt of peppery spices. Rich yet energetic in style, finishing with impressive clarity and fine-grained, even tannins that sneak in late. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2017)

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