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2018 L'Aventure Cote a Cote

Paso Robles, California, UNITED STATES
$210. 00 Bottle
$2520.00 Dozen
Closure: Cork

Stephan Asseo, founder and winemaker at L’Aventure Winery, came to Paso Robles in California seeking more freedom to express his winemaking ideals than was allowed while working in Bordeaux. Falling in love with the rolling topography of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, he felt the deep calcareous soils, and the maritime influence had the potential to craft some of the world’s greatest blends. So far he's been proven right, and his array of red blends has quickly resulted in wines which have earned high scores and critical acclaim. These are rich and deeply impressive wines from one of the most talented winemakers in America.

Other Reviews....
Straight-up sexy, the 2018 Cote A Cote is a Grenache-dominated blend that includes 26% Mourvèdre and 23% Syrah, all aged in 35% new French oak. Stunning notes of black raspberries, ground pepper, Asian spices, and candied violets all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated wine that reminds me of a great vintage of Domaine de la Janasse's Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes cuvée. It shows more chalky minerality with time in the glass and is pure, seamless, and beautifully put together. Drink it over the coming 10-12 years.
98 points
Jeb Dunnuck

The 2018 Côte a Côte, a blend of 48% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre and 26% Syrah, is stunning from new oak, concrete and amphorae. Medium to deep ruby-purple, its perfume and spice come through despite its aging vessel, offering up fresh blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrant aromas with layers of pepper, garrigue, dried flowers, blood orange, grilled lamb and grapefruit. The medium to full-bodied palate unleashes a torrent of dark, spiced fruits with a high-definition frame, fantastic freshness and a long, layered finish. This is pure pleasure, and I very much look forward to tasting the final blend from bottle.
94-96+ points
Erin Brooks - Wine Advocate