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L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Optimus Willow Creek District 2021  - First Bottle


95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2021 Optimus is an elegant, polished blend of 55% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Petit Verdot. It takes plenty of air to reveal maraschino cherry, blueberry, leather, aniseed, gravel dust and garrigue aromas. The full-bodied palate offers expansive, spicy fruit framed by powdery tannins and focused acidity, and it has a long, latent finish.

Technical Details

  • Blend55% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerStephan Asseos
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionCentral Coast
  • AppellationPaso Robles
  • VineyardEstate Vineyard

L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Optimus Willow Creek District 2021

Red Blends  |  US
WA95, JS95, JD93

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2021 Optimus, certainly stands mightily and holds its own next to its siblings, winning double 95 points from critics and delivering a straight-up fun experience with their signature “crazy Paso blend” that nearly mirrors the estate flagship. 55% syrah, 27% cabernet sauvignon, and 18% petit verdot unify to become immaculately balanced with loads of freshness. The glass unloads buckets of juicy blackberries, blueberry jam, fresh leather, crushed gravel, wet rocks, and a spicy, powdered chocolate finish. This is something seductively expansive and silky, with brooding fruit and a good amount of spice.

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.