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2009 L'Aventure Optimus Paso Robles

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(50% syrah, 39% cabernet sauvignon and 11% petit verdot):  Opaque purple.  Deeply pitched black and blue fruits on the nose, with notes of cracked pepper and cured tobacco adding complexity.  Densely packed and energetic, with a seamless texture to the sweet boysenberry and cassis flavors.  Tannins arrive late and add grip to the very long, smoke-accented finish. 

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