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


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The 2021 Cote a Cote checks in as nearly equal thirds of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. It's a killer bottle of wine revealing full-bodied richness, an expansive, layered mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and a complex bouquet of blackberries, savory herbs, peppered meats, and hints of violets. This concentrated, powerful wine stays just about weightless, has ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. The élevage here was 14 months in 30% new French oak, with 16% in amphora and 18% in concrete, and the balance in once-used barrels.

Technical Details

  • Blend37% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 31% Mourvèdre
  • WinemakerStephan Asseos
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionCentral Coast
  • AppellationPaso Robles
  • VineyardEstate Vineyard
  • Oak36% 1-year old French oak, 30% new French oak, 18% in concrete tank, 16% in amphora
  • Aging/Cooperage16 Months

L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Cote a Cote Willow Creek District 2021

Red Blends  |  US

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2021 Côte à Côte – which has received 97 points alongside double 96s – brings in all the best parts of both Paso Robles terroir and Southern Rhône varieties, blended of 37% grenache, 32% syrah, and 31% mourvèdre. Fruit-forward and massively alluring, this wine is an absolute pleasure to drink. After aging for 14 months in 30% new French oak, with 16% in amphora and 18% in concrete, and the rest in once-used barrels, the result is something full-bodied with a creamy tannic nature, at once powerful and light on its feet. Notes of maraschino cherry, blackberries, dried herbs, black tea leaves, pepper-crusted dry-cured meats, and dehydrated violets come together for a focused, flavor-packed finish that is simply divine.

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.