L’Aventure’s west side location boasts a range of elevations, complex soils, and a strong ocean influence that tames that classic Paso heat and delivers some seriously good fruit. French winemaker Stephan Asseo picked a winner when he nabbed this choice spot, and he just keeps delivering on the promise with big, bold red blends like this picture of perfection composed of 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Verdot raised in 90% new French oak. Let it rest in the bottle for half a decade and then bask in its perfection.
The 2018 Estate Cuvee checks 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot brought up in 90% new French oak. Tasting like the straight Cab, yet with more sex appeal, it offers a huge nose of crème de cassis, white flowers, crushed stone, graphite, and crushed flowers. This carries to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured red with incredible balance, no hard edges, a thrilling mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It's going to benefit from 5-6 years of bottle age and keep for upwards of two decades or more. Hats off to winemaker Stephan Asseo on another incredible wine, as well as, I suspect the wine of the vintage.