L’Aventure ‘Optimus’ 2009

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $45

Big and intense with concentrated blackberry, prune and fig integrated seamlessly with bay, cardamom and oak. Rich, chalky minerality, chewy tannin structure, and a long, satisfying finish. Heavy mouth feel, full bodied, big 15.8% alcohol, yet very well balanced and easily accessible. A young wine but already complex; a few years in the bottle will polish this already smooth character. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 1/3/12)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Syrah/Shiraz | Grenache | Mourvedre

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