L'Aventure Estate Cuvée 2003
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
Once again, the Estate Cuvee is Stephan's most complex wine from the vintage. Aromas of wild blackberries, leather, and red fruit form a brilliant counterpoint, with lilac, acacia, and anise sounding high notes. Rich, dense flavors of black cherry, licorice, and currant dominate, around a tight mineral and graphite core, lending grip and grace to the mouth. Classic, elegant, and long, with exceptional balance, this wine lingers on the palate for minutes. An excellent wine for hard, aged cheese, it will also pair well with rich and hearty game dishes. Enjoyed by itself, it becomes a case of "art for arts sake!"
Dense and concentrated, with great balance and depth to the dried currant, spice, anise and wild berry fruit. Excellent structure, too, with lively acidity and firm tannins joining a hint of cedar and tobacco. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012.