The 2009 L'Aventure Estate Cuvée, a blend of 42% Syrah, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 16% Petit Verdot that was aged all in 100% new French oak, is a slightly richer and darker wine than the Côte-à-Côte, with earthy blackberry, violets, chocolate, peppered beef, and assorted floral nuances all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, concentrated, and structured on the palate, yet with a seamless, elegant texture and fantastic length, this thrilling wine is drinkable now, yet deserves 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink age effortlessly for 12-15 or more years.
This seems so Pauillac in structure with the firm tannins and minerals and intensity. Full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit and currants and minerals. Light toasted oak. Intense and powerful. This is a wine this is so muscular. Fabulous. Best in five years.
Also leaning toward the finesse end of the spectrum, yet with more concentration, structure and richness, the 2009 Estate Cuvee is comprised of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, with just over 15% Petit Verdot. Gorgeous, with its deep creme de cassis, licorice, toasted spice, graphite and distinct minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, serious purity of fruit and a blockbuster finish. There’s actually some resemblance to the 2004 here, and it has plenty of upside. 95+ (JD)
(42% each of syrah and cabernet sauvignon, plus 16% petit verdot): Glass-staining purple. Powerful, pungent cassis, blueberry and incense aromas, along with a sexy note of Asian spices. Huge, deeply concentrated dark fruit preserve flavors show superb intensity and zero rough edges. Spicy notes build on the strikingly powerful, sweet finish, which features notes of candied rose and star anise. By all means let this age for at least another five years. 92+ (JR)
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