L'Aventure Optimus Paso Robles Syrah Blend 2013

$55

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.  95 points Robert Parkerr:  "The 2013 Optimus is the estate’s entry level blend, yet it always drinks well above its price point and is a perfect example of the style of the estate. Decadent black and blue fruits, graphite and smoky nuances all show here, and it has full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and terrific length. It should be another superb vintage for this cuvee, and it should shine on release and evolve for upward of a decade...This was another incredible lineup by winemaker Stephan Asseo, and both his 2012s and 2013s are at the top of the vintage. Either way, both of these vintages deserve a place in your cellar and it will be thrilling stuff to follow these wines over the coming decade or longer." The Optimus is a blend of 53% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% 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

Daniel March

How do you not love the wines of a crazy Frenchman who traveled the world to find best terrior to blend the varietals he wanted to grow, only to settle in Paso Robles. Here we have his masterful and unusual blend of syrah, cab and petit verdot. The nose is rustic, olives, leather, blackberry, tree bark, morning dew. The wine is light and silky, but rich and voluptuous, the syrah pepper sneaks up on you, lively acids that are just balanced by the fruity cab, and then you realize cab and syrah are fascinating together. And of course it all makes sense, Paso is one of the only wine growing regions in the world where you can actually grow both. Nice job, you crazy Frenchman, this wine is a win and I'm glad I'm in your club.

How do you not love the wines of a crazy Frenchman who traveled the world to find best terrior to blend the varietals he wanted to grow, only to settle in Paso Robles. Here we have his masterful and unusual blend of syrah, cab and petit verdot. The nose is rustic, olives, leather, blackberry, tree bark, morning dew. The wine is light and silky, but rich and voluptuous, the syrah pepper sneaks up on you, lively acids that are just balanced by the fruity cab, and then you realize cab and syrah are fascinating together. And of course it all makes sense, Paso is one of the only wine growing regions in the world where you can actually grow both. Nice job, you crazy Frenchman, this wine is a win and I'm glad I'm in your club.

9.2

Mark Blatty Delectable Pro

Estate Cuvee's little brother. More or less the same wine but less expensive.

Estate Cuvee's little brother. More or less the same wine but less expensive.

9.6

Ej

Delicious, notes of tabacco and blackberry. From Paso, probably good with wild boar!

Delicious, notes of tabacco and blackberry. From Paso, probably good with wild boar!

8.9

Danny Carter

The fruit and finish were good but less than anticipated.

The fruit and finish were good but less than anticipated.

9.0

Zack Miskel

Big fruit, still young, but tastes beautiful.

Big fruit, still young, but tastes beautiful.

8.9

Scott Withycombe

Wow. Big fruit. Opening with air. Will benefit from age.

Wow. Big fruit. Opening with air. Will benefit from age.

9.0

Tom Walsh

Another rhone from Laventure. Lush mouthfeel, long dark fruit finish

Another rhone from Laventure. Lush mouthfeel, long dark fruit finish

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