2004 L'Aventure Côte A Côte


  • Picked by hand, with grape selection upon arrival at the winery
  • Cold maceration (around 50 degrees F) before fermentation
  • Temperature controlled during fermentation and maceration (between 80-85 degrees F)
  • Maceration between: 17 and 21 days on the cap
  • Malolactic fermentation: 100% in oak at 70 degrees F
  • Aging: 50% in new French oak, 50% in 1 year old French oak
  • Length of aging: 16 months
  • At bottling: Alc=15.9%, Residual sugar=2 g/L, Total acidity in H2So4=4.7g/L, in Tartaric=7.2 g/L
  • Fined, but not filtered
  • Blend: 40% estate grown Grenache, 40% estate grown Syrah, 20% estate grown Mourvedre
  • Bottling: March 2006
  • Production: 600 6 packs, in wood cases

    Tasting notes:

    Stephan’s third vintage of Côte-à-Côte is as unique as its predecessors. The 2002, at 60% Grenache, and 40% Syrah, sought to showcase the Grenache and introduce a true Rhone blend to our portfolio. The 2003, a third each Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, introduced the latter variety to the blend. In 2004, we see the blend evolve to 40%, 40%, 20%, with Mourvedre in the minority. These variations aside, the 2004 Côte-à-Côte is our plush, feathered caberet “artiste”. Long and lush on the palate, Côte-à-Côte is both luxuriant, thanks to the Syrah and Grenache, as well as taut, with Mourvedre holding a tight line across the palate. Think of a fruit and it's here! Violets, acacia, and anise in the nose, followed by chocolate and strawberry in the mouth. With the longest of finishes, this wine races across the palate, around the block, over the top, and beyond!

    Only 400 cases produced. Don’t miss it.