L Aventure Optimus, California, 2019
L’Aventure on alles noor veinimõis, asutatud 1998. aastal. Selle juhiks on aga Stephan Asseo, kellel on suurepärased kogemused veinide tootmisest Prantsusmaal. Stephan on teisitimõtleja ja tema jaoks panid Prantsusmaal veinide valmistamisega seotud reeglid liiga suured piirid paika. Peale pikka rännakut maailma eri paigus, leidis ta koos oma naisega, et “uus maailm” on neile parim valik, kuna seal ei olnud nii suuri piiranguid. Praegu laiuvad tema viinapuud Paso Robles 51 hektaril ja sellest 40 % Cabernet Sauvingnoni all.
Segu: 57% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot.
James Suckling – 96 Points
Extremely aromatic with ripe cherry and berry aromas, as well as flowers and citrus. Medium to full body with fine, polished tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is really well done and one of the most balanced L’Aventures I have encountered. Syrah, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Drinkable now, but better in two or three years.
Jeb Dunnuck – 94 Points
The 2019 Optimus should be snatched up by savvy readers. Based on 57% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot, it just about jumps out of the glass with gorgeous cassis, floral, pepper, and graphite-like aromas and flavors. As seamless as they come, this full-bodied, elegant, pleasure-bent 2019 is going to evolve for a decade.
Decanter – 94 Points
Lovely aromatic intensity, spicy and nuanced on the nose but incredibly well defined on the palate which is crisp and precise with flavours that glide across, so linear and straight. There’s a coolness to the fruit profile and a refreshing juiciness. Concentration and structure with good tannic grip – lots on offer here. A blend of 57% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot. Wines are aged for 14 months in 89% new French oak and 11% one-year-old French oak with malolactic fermentation in barrel. No fining or filtering.