2002 L'Aventure Estate Cuvée

Winemaking:
  • Picked by hand, with grape selection upon arrival at the winery
  • Cold maceration (around 50º F) before fermentation
  • Temperature-controlled during fermentation and maceration (between 80-85º F)
  • Maceration between: 17 and 24 days on the cap
  • Malolactic fermentation: 100% new oak at 70°F
  • Aging: 100 % in new French oak barrels
  • Length of aging: 15 months
  • At bottling: Al = 16.45%, Residual Sugar = 1.3 g/L, Total Acidity in H2So4 = 6.7 g/L, in Tartaric = 4.3 g/L
  • No fining, no filtering
  • Blend: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot
  • Bottling: May 5th, 2004
  • Production: 1000 x 6 wood cases

    Note:

    "This wine represents the best realization to date of my vision for great blended red wine in Paso Robles, and of our L'Aventure 'West Side' terrior!!" -Stephan Asseo

    Tasting Notes:

    Stephan's archetypal "Paso blend" is deep, almost black at its center, with a rich purple cast. Elegant aromas of cassis and pain grille are only a prelude to a complex crescendo of tobacco, dark fruit, and spice flavors that linger long on the classic, tight palate. Enormous tannins integrate perfectly into the flesh of the wine. This wine is the future of L'Aventure.

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