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L’Aventure Optimus 2011

Is there anything that is produced by L’Aventure that is not a winner? Absolutely not! The 2011 Optimus is certainly no exception and is a great example of the quality wines being produced in the U.S.A. This beautiful wine is comprised of 50% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot, this is a full bodied wine with a smooth finish. This wine delivers the flavours of black and blue fruits, floral notes, tobacco and cedar aromas. L’Aventure Optimus is produced in California by Stephan and Beatrice Asseo with careful selection given to the sloping hills in the west side of Paso Robles. This is an extra dry wine with an alcohol level of 15.6%, this wine has been scored a 94 by erobertparker.com. This wine drinks extremely well now but is also worthy of holding, those with the patience to do so can enjoy the sure to develop exuberant polished finish and mouth feel until 2021. Try this wine with grilled and roasted meats and vegetables and Asian cuisine flavours. We opened this bottle to accompany our homemade carbonara pasta with bacon and nothing could have served a better companion! Other notable submissions from L’Aventure include the Cote a Cote and the Estate Cuvee, both more than worth the price of admission and the time to age! Alla Salute!

Summary:

L’Aventure Optimus 2011 Origin: California, U.S.A

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Full Bodied & Smooth

Grape Variety: Syrah Blend

Size: 750ml bottle A

lcohol: 15.6%

Price: $45-$65

2 thoughts on “L’Aventure Optimus 2011

  1. California wines are terra incognita for me, really. I’m very curious, of course, but the thing is that I use to find what I think are better deals. Even in the US, California wines are expensive and I find myself in a dilemma: do I invest in this unknown California wine, or do I purchase that beloved European which is more cheap?
    But, wine is about to explore. California remains to me as a land to conquer! And I’ll take note of this recommendation of yours.

    1. Rafael, I completely understand your dilemma, it is natural to stay closer to your trusted and true old world compatriots, I tend to do so myself. Good American wines are on the more expensive side but there are several with great quality and affordability. If I could be so bold to suggest a few, they would be: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Sterling Vintner’s Cabernet Sauvignon and the Ravenswood Vintner’s Zinfandel, all fall under $20 per bottle, through the Ontario liquor control board, and are worthy of trying. Thanks for your continued comments, much appreciated!

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