The 2009 L'Aventure Côte-à-Côte Estate is a blend of 42% Grenache, 37% Syrah, and 25% Mourvedre that was aged in 50% new French oak. Just a beautifully put together wine, it shows captivating notes of wild berry like fruits, graphite, licorice, and meaty characteristics on the nose. This leads to a full-bodied, awesomely textured wine that has big structure and fruit, yet maintains an overall elegant, seamless profile with solid freshness, and a classically styled, incredibly long finish. The texture and balance are really something here. While I'd have no problem drinking bottles now, this should continue to evolve positively for 2-3 years, and drink well for 10-12. Beautiful stuff.
A wonderful purity of dark fruits such as raspberries, blackberries and strawberries with a touch of minerals. Full and very racy with super refined tannins and a long finish. This is super classy. Wonderful texture. Better to try in 2013. 42% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre.
Also a forward, sexy effort, the 2009 Cote a Cote is 42% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre that spent time in 50% new French oak. Loaded with sweet creme de cassis, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, violets and hints of crushed rock, it is full-bodied, seamless and ultra-polished, with no hard edges and terrific length. (JD)
The 2009 Cote a Cote emerges from the glass with dark black cherries, plums, cassis, spices and white flowers. Sweet, silky tannins frame the exceptionally long, polished finish. This is another superb, totally elegant wine from L'Aventure. The blend is 42% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre, with a total of 50% new French oak. (AG)
Vivid ruby. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, incense and star anise, with a hint of vanilla. Bright and energetic, with excellent clarity to its sweet berry and cherry-cola flavors. A suave floral nuance gains strength with air and carries through the very long, spicy, seamless finish. (JR)
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