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

Reviews

100 Jeb Dunnuck -
Pure perfection from this talented team, the 2021 Estate Cuvee checks in as 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Petit Verdot that was raised in 80% new French oak. Absolutely incredible aromatics of crème de cassis, blueberries, violets, ground pepper, and graphite give way to a full-bodied red with a seamless, elegant mouthfeel, ultra-fine tannins, a deep, layered mid-palate, and that rare mix of power and elegance that's so hard to come by. It shows the pure, layered, elegant style of the vintage, and this beauty offers pleasure today yet will ideally be given 3-4 years in the cellar, and it will evolve for two decades at a minimum.

Technical Details

  • Blend50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerStephan Asseos
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionCentral Coast
  • AppellationPaso Robles
  • VineyardEstate Vineyard
  • Oak84% new French oak, 16% 1-year old French oak with malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Aging/Cooperage19 Months

L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Estate Cuvee Willow Creek District 2021

Red Blends  |  US
JD100, WA98, JS97

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Given a worthy and impressive 100 POINTS from Jeb Dunnuck, among other rave reviews from top critics. Jeb calls it, “Pure perfection from this talented team,” and that about sums it up. Composed of 50% syrah, 30% cabernet sauvignon, and 20% petit verdot, then rested in 80% new French oak, this is L’Aventure’s flagship wine packed with the estate’s top fruit. The collectible 2021 vintage (as shown with the special blue label) celebrates the 20th anniversary of this Estate Cuvée – one of Paso’s most highly sought-after wines. Structured depth, balance, and texture come together with fragrant notes of blueberries, thyme, black cherries, creme de cassis, cedar bark, and sweet, warm oak spice – this is a wine that hits all its marks with finesse...and a true wonder to behold for under $130.

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.