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2005 L'Aventure Optimus (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: L'Aventure Winery   details
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Syrah - Petit Verdot - Zinfandel
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$40.00
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Tasting Notes:
rated: December 1, 2007 , paul
90 points "The 2005 Optimus, a combination of 51% Syrah, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot, is a dense ruby/purple-colored effort displaying sweet black currant fruit intermixed with notions of smoky oak, licorice, and flowers. Broodingly backward, although not unapproachable, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 10-12 years." Best 2009-2019
rated: September 30, 2008 , Robert Parker
94 points "The least expensive red wine is the Optimus cuvee. The 2005 Optimus (51% Syrah, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot) barely qualifies as a Rhone Ranger, but it offers classic chocolate, cassis, espresso, and subtle wood notes along with a dense ruby/purple hue, gorgeous concentration, and plenty of spice, cedar, and a Pauillac-like complexity and richness. This serious effort is more French than Californian. It should drink well for 6-10 years. Transplanted Frenchman, Stephan Asseo (from St.-Emilion), has found a home as well as some great terroirs in the limestone soils of Paso Robles (all his vineyards are situated on the western side of Highway 101). Asseo continues to go from strength to strength, producing a fabulous portfolio of wines that makes L-Aventure one of the bright, shining reference points for the region. This is one of the California Central Coast superstars, and the wines are worth every cent. Tel. (805) 227-1588; Fax (805) 227-6988" Best 2008-2018
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