L'Aventure Optimus Paso Robles Syrah Blend 2011

$49.99

L'Aventure is one of the hottest wineries on the up-and-coming Westside of Paso Robles wine region. A beautiful blend of Cabernet/Syrah blend, the Optimus is a big, delicious red.  94 points Robert Parker :  "Leading off the 2011s reds, the 2011 Optimus is a rocking value that gives more than a glimpse into the style and quality of this estate. A blend of 50% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot and spending 14 months in 70% new French oak, it delivers fantastic black and blue fruits, tobacco, violets and cedar aromas and flavors to go with a full-bodied, supple and beautifully polished mouthfeel that stays fresh and lively. Gorgeous all around, it will drink nicely through 2021, if not longer. Drink now-2021...I was blown away by these wines. Easily the most impressive lineup I’ve tasted from proprietor Stephan Asseo, these 2011s show the purity and focus of the vintage, yet balance it with incredible richness and texture that never seems cumbersome or heavy.  Make no mistake about it though, these are all big, ripe wines; I find them utterly compelling and hard to resist.."The 2011 Optimus is a blend of 55% Syrah, 27% Cab and 18% Petit Verdot that entices with a tangy cherry, chocolate and mineral-inflected bouquet. The palate is redolent of mixed berry pie, with peppery spice and a dose of saddle leather. But this isn't a total fruit bomb, there's plenty of acidity to keep it fresh, and subtle tannins.                     

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Ratings on Delectable

Eric Urbani Delectable Pro

Fairly closed, needs quite a bit of time but you are rewarded for your patience. Syrah, Cab, Petit Verdot

Fairly closed, needs quite a bit of time but you are rewarded for your patience. Syrah, Cab, Petit Verdot

9.1

Colin Yates Delectable Pro

Wine Buyer Macadoodles Fine Wine & Spirits

Extended decanting recommended. Paso wine? Certainly kills any paso I know.

Extended decanting recommended. Paso wine? Certainly kills any paso I know.

9.4

Alexa Santry

Couldn’t tell if it was a Syrah or a Cab..turns out it’s a blend of both!

Couldn’t tell if it was a Syrah or a Cab..turns out it’s a blend of both!

9.2

Phil Gurin

Beautifully aging and well balanced

Beautifully aging and well balanced

9.2

Rob Sternthal

QPR. One of my favorites. You can drink L'Aventure all day every day and be happy.

QPR. One of my favorites. You can drink L'Aventure all day every day and be happy.

9.1

Dave Gorton

Yeah, buddy. Silky tannin with some meaty, gamey notes.

Yeah, buddy. Silky tannin with some meaty, gamey notes.

9.4

Kelly Richardson

Great with truffle cheese! Very smooth!

Great with truffle cheese! Very smooth!

8.9

Eric Blackshear

Just fantastic!

Just fantastic!

9.3

Andrew Wells

Big monster perfect for the mountains... Awesome black and blue bomb that toes the overblown line but never steps over it... always dependable and crowd pleasing

Big monster perfect for the mountains... Awesome black and blue bomb that toes the overblown line but never steps over it... always dependable and crowd pleasing

9.2

Alexander Niehenke

Might have been best out of the batch. Bit soft in the mid palate compared to heavier Syrah, less cab wines.

Might have been best out of the batch. Bit soft in the mid palate compared to heavier Syrah, less cab wines.

9.6

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