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2018 L'Aventure "Estate Cuvée" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1539654 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Tasting like the straight Cab, yet with more sex appeal, it offers a huge nose of crème de cassis, white flowers, crushed stone, graphite, and crushed flowers. This carries to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured red with incredible balance, no hard edges, a thrilling mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It's going to benefit from 5-6 years of bottle age and keep for upwards of two decades or more. Hats off to winemaker Stephan Asseo on another incredible wine, as well as, I suspect, the wine of the vintage. *#5 Top 100 Wines of 2020* Inner quote mark (9/2020)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep, glass-staining violet. Powerful, mineral- and smoke-accented blueberry, cherry liqueur, incense and pipe tobacco aromas show outstanding definition and pick up suggestions of mocha and exotic spices with air. Offers deeply concentrated black/blue fruit, cherry-vanilla, espresso and bitter chocolate flavors; a spicy flourish emerges as the wine stretches out. Finishes smooth, energetic and extremely long, with youthful, slowly building tannins and lingering suggestions of candied flowers and smoky minerals. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberry and black-walnut aromas with dried meat and spice, following through to a full-bodied yet tight and tannic palate with a smoky and spicy undertone. Linear and firm tannins give it length and focus. Inner quote mark (4/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Estate Cuvée is made up of 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot aged in 90% new French oak. Deep ruby-purple, the nose takes some time to unfurl to touches of cast-iron pan, tar, turned earth, cassis and blueberry pie with floral top notes. The palate is full-bodied with lush, mineral-tinged fruits in a firm frame, lifted by surprising freshness and finishing long and perfumed. Give it another 3-5 years in bottle. (EB) Inner quote mark (10/2020)


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