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L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Cote a Cote Willow Creek District 2020  - First Bottle


98 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2020 Côte a Côte is a beautiful blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre and one of the most successful wines I tasted from the challenging 2020 vintage. Deep ruby-purple, it offers pure aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, tar and pipe tobacco, continually unfolding with each return to the glass. The full-bodied palate offers wave after wave of perfumed fruit and tremendous spicy accents. It's powerful yet harmoniously structured with powdery tannins and seamless acidity, and it offers a very long, detailed finish.

Technical Details

  • Blend45% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationWillow Creek District
  • VineyardL'Aventure Estate Vineyard
  • OakFrench oak barrels 69% (36% 1 year old and 33% new oak). 17% in concrete tank and 15% in amphora
  • Aging/Cooperage14 Months
  • Alcohol15.5%

L'Aventure Winery Red Blend Cote a Cote Willow Creek District 2020

Red Blends  |  US
WA98, JS97, VN95, JD94, DC94

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This spicy and energetic Rhone blend showcases why many of Southern Rhone’s best producers have planted vines in the region. These grapes excel – offering classical flavor and spice profiles that match the best offerings of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with a soft and ripe plushness that is so quintessentially California. 45% grenache, 30% syrah, and 25% mourvèdre come together beautifully here – a top, top California homage to Southern Rhone.

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.