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2011 L'Aventure Estate Cuvee Paso Robles
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(48% syrah, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 24% petit verdot; 100% new French oak):  Saturated ruby.  A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet displays dark berry preserves, lavender, incense and smoky Indian spices.  Smooth, palate-staining blueberry and floral pastille flavors show outstanding depth and energy, thanks to bright acidity and a peppery spice nuance.  A zesty mineral note comes up on the strikingly long finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of allspice.  I also had the chance to re-visit the superb 2010 version of this bottling at a dinner Paso Robles and it is showing beautifully, with exotic dark berry and floral pastille character and tannins that are harmonizing far more quickly than I'd have imagined.  Maybe I just caught the wine in an extroverted phase but I found it almost shockingly drinkable, not to mention flat-out delicious.

98 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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