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L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Estate Cuvee Willow Creek District 2020  - First Bottle

Reviews

99 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
A blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, the 2020 Estate Cuvée is another outstanding wine from L'Aventure in the challenging 2020 vintage, offering singular concentration and elegance. Deep ruby-purple, it has a pure core of cassis and slowly unfolding accents of licorice, cured meats, tobacco leaves, cedar and truffle. Full-bodied, juicy and alluring, it floods the mouth with layers of blue fruit, floral perfume and spice. It is supported by powdery tannins and boasts a tremendously long, detailed finish.

Technical Details

  • Blend45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationWillow Creek District
  • VineyardL'Aventure Estate Vineyard
  • OakFrench oak barrels (80 new and 20% one year old oak)
  • Aging/Cooperage15 Months
  • Alcohol15.1%

L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Estate Cuvee Willow Creek District 2020

Red Blends  |  US
WA99, DC97, VN97, JS96, JD96

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This gloriously rich and layered wine blends 45% syrah, with 40% cabernet sauvignon, and 15% petit verdot – creating an inky, powerfully expressive wine that has an almost primordial depth...all while maintaining a sense of elegance and pride of place. Blue and black fruits galore, with a meaty savoriness, plus cigar box, truffle, and woodsy notes. Gorgeous young, yet patience will be rewarded for those who can hold out a few years still.

About the Producer

L'Aventure was founded in 1998 by a French winemaker, Stephan Asseo. After Stephan graduated enology school in Burgundy, the Asseo family bought their first estate, Domaine de Courteillac, in the Bordeaux area in 1982. Later, the family purchased additional properties: Chateau Robin and Chateau Fleur-Cardinale in Saint-Emilion. Stephan raised these properties to a level of great quality, while managing some other well-established domaines such as Chateau Guillot-Clauzel in Pomerol and Chateau Corbin in St Emilion. Stephan saw in the New World a unique opportunity to expand his experience, while gaining more freedom in viticulture and vinification. He began by looking all over California for land, including Napa/Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties, but it was the terroir and climate of Paso Robles that impressed him the most. L'Aventure is located on the west side of Paso Robles in the Willow Creek District. The 127-acre property with 57 acres planted, is comprised of multiple hills of various elevation and complex soils. Because of its proximity to the ocean, the vineyard has clear warm days and drastic cool nighttime temperatures which increases the time of the grape?s maturation cycle providing fruit that creates a more complex and balanced wine. Stephan?s choice of this lean terroir provides him with the fruit necessary to create wine with a good balance between alcohol and acidity. The resulting wines are full and rich yet well balanced and elegant.