2001 L'Aventure Optimus

Optimus was a true beneficiary of this excellent vintage, as our west side growers were able to bring in top-quality fruit of nearly estate caliber, to complement our own, at the base of this cuvee. By dropping fruit and managing irrigation in this abundant year, they provided us with superb resources with which to assemble our flagship cepage. A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, 5% Zinfandel & 3% Petit Verdot, the 2001 Optimus displays a deep ruby color, with garnet backlighting, an explosive bouquet of floral, berry and non-fruit notes, and an elegant and lengthy palate. Three thousand cases were produced. Very low yield: 2 - 2.5 tons per acre. 100% New French oak with malolactic fermentation in barrels. Length of aging: 15 months. No fining, No filtering. Blend: 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, 5% Zinfandel, 3% Petit Verdot