L'Aventure Optimus Paso Robles Syrah Blend 2017

$59.99

94 points Parker                                 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.  93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Starting with the wines from barrel, the 2017 Optimus (55% Syrah, 41% Grenache, and the rest Petit Verdot) will certainly be a charming, sexy, outstanding bottle of wine. It gives up lots of cassis and jammy dark fruits in a primary, full-bodied, layered style....Consistently thrilling wines come from l’Aventure, which is run with incredible talent and passion by St. Emilion native Stephan Asseo. His 2016s are incredible efforts, and the 2017 more Rhône blends are certainly in the same ballpark. Due to the heat spikes at harvest, Bordeaux varieties were much more difficult and hit or miss." The L'Aventure Optimus is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, 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

Ben LaBolt

This is a special winery off the beaten path. Love the Syrah cab blends, big but not overwhelming. Great fruit but not too sweet. Joined the club ...

This is a special winery off the beaten path. Love the Syrah cab blends, big but not overwhelming. Great fruit but not too sweet. Joined the club ...

9.2

David Vielhauer

Fantastic quality for the price. Aromatic. Round tannins. Very well made wine, great balance

Fantastic quality for the price. Aromatic. Round tannins. Very well made wine, great balance

9.3

Ben LaBolt

Love this wine and winery. Bold but not over the top. Good with food or on its own.

Love this wine and winery. Bold but not over the top. Good with food or on its own.

9.2

Matt Foley

We like it

We like it

8.9

Ben LaBolt

Love this winery - little piece of France in Paso, with interesting blends.

Love this winery - little piece of France in Paso, with interesting blends.

9.2

Wulf Losee

2017 opened 2020. Mint, lavender, and allspice on the nose. Cab fruit on the front, but the tannic structure has the silkiness and medium body of a Rhone-blend. Leather and a refined calcaire at the top of the palate. Soft mineral notes at the end. Some of the reviewers have recommended a long decanting time for this wine. Frankly, I think this one is more interesting 10 or 15 minutes out of the bottle then it is after an hour in the carafe, because a lot of those interesting high notes in this wine dissipate fast.

2017 opened 2020. Mint, lavender, and allspice on the nose. Cab fruit on the front, but the tannic structure has the silkiness and medium body of a Rhone-blend. Leather and a refined calcaire at the top of the palate. Soft mineral notes at the end. Some of the reviewers have recommended a long decanting time for this wine. Frankly, I think this one is more interesting 10 or 15 minutes out of the bottle then it is after an hour in the carafe, because a lot of those interesting high notes in this wine dissipate fast.

9.1

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