A Deal From My Favorite Winery: L’Aventure

June 10, 2013 High End Values  No comments

A quick search on Nickel and Dime Wine reveals that I’ve written about Paso Robles’ L’Aventure winery on six separate occasions.  Stephan Asseo embraced the limestone hills of Paso’s west side long before this area was known for $80/bottle Rhone Ranger blends from the likes of Saxum, Booker and Epoch.  Today,  the west side of Paso is cranking out some of the best and most desirable wines in the country, but L’Aventure has been doing it since 1998.

Much like most of Europe (you know, the guys that have been making wine for a thousand years), Paso winemakers have abandoned varietal labeling in favor of blends that showcase site over grape.  L’Aventure is one of the few Paso wineries to successfully use Cabernet, blending it with Syrah and Petit Verdot to make their signature Estate Cuvee and Optimus bottlings.  At 55% Syrah, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Petit Verdot, the Optimus is the less expensive of the two, selling at a very fair $45 at the winery.

LA Wine Co. has it for the lowest price in the country at $35, and at that, it has to be one of the best values out there.  I currently have five vintages of this wine dating back to 2001 and they are all great – truly unique, huge and at the same time refined.  If you buy one wine this year based on my recommendations, this should be it.

Buy Here: 2010 L’Aventure Optimus $34.95

International Wine Cellar 92 points

(55% syrah, 27% cabernet sauvignon and 18% petit verdot; 15.8% alcohol): Inky purple. Ripe dark berry and cherry aromas are complicated by musky underbrush and anise. Round, juicy blackberry and cassis flavors stain the palate, with juicy acidity providing verve. Becomes spicier and more vibrant on the gently tannic finish, with the dark berry and anise notes repeating.


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