2002 L'Aventure Optimus

Winemaking:

  • 100% Estate fruit grown
  • 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: Syrah = 15 days, Cabernet Sauvignon = 17 days, Petit Verdot = 16 days
  • Malolactic fermentation: 100% new oak
  • Aging: 100 % in new French oak barrels
  • Length of aging: 15 months
  • At bottling: Al = 15.80%, Residual Sugar = 1.55, Total Acidity in H2So4 = 4.33 g/L, PH = 3.63
  • No fining, no filtering
  • Blend: 50% Syrah, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Zinfandel

    Tasting notes:

    Cassis, wild blackberries, and a chalky, mineral note from our west side terroir dominate the aroma. The mouth is classic L'Aventure, with deep, richly layered flavors of tea leaf, spice, dark berry, and leather sharing the stage. The long finish reveals anise and some graphite notes. Decant this wine, and it will reward you with even more complexity.
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