L'Aventure 2001 Syrah (Paso Robles); $NA. There is certainly some warm weather influence in the sinfully ripe blackberry pie and cherry tart flavors. On the other hand, cooler winds from the Pacific have left intact the citrusy acidity and edgy tannins. The result is elegance and charm, a showcase for this emerging appellation. - S.H.
L'Aventure 2001 Optimus (Paso Robles); $35. From Rhône-possessed Paso Robles, an adventurous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel. The aroma is subdued now, closed and brooding. On the palate is an explosion of cassis, briar, chocolate and coffee. Sweet, ripe tannins make for a dusty mouthfeel. Needs a minimum of a year in the cellar. -S.H.
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