2004 L'Aventure Optimus

The 2004 Optimus, Stephan's signature "Paso Blend", consists of 57% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Petit Verdot. This is the greatest percentage of Petit Verdot to yet grace the Optimus, and it brings grip and focus to this exuberant 2004 offering. A product of the tightly compressed 2004 vintage, this juicy wine is soft and fruit forward in the mouth. Flavors of rich blueberry and cassis underpin bright blackberry and licorice aromas. The finish is long...like somewhere near San Luis Obispo! And if you take the time to decant, you will be rewarded with further notes of acacia and wildflowers. As with other vintages of Optimus, please allow 2 -3 years for the wine to begin to show its true colors. And as concerns food pairings, this fruit-packed Optimus is the perfect foil to roasted fowl with rich sauces. It will also drink well with blackened fish and meats. A perfect companion to aged cheeses, serve it with your cheese course as the crescendo to your holiday feast!