2016 L'Aventure Estate Cote a Cote Willow Creek District

Year: 2016
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95-97
Jeb Dunnuck: 93-95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
Price :

"A barrel sample, 55% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah, the 2016 Cote a Cote reveals black cherries, black raspberries and wild blueberries with touches of nutmeg, cloves and dark chocolate plus hints of garrigue and dried flowers. Full-bodied and densely packed with expressive red and blue fruits, it has a plush frame and long spicy finish." (WA)

"I was able to taste the 2016 Cote A Cote from multiple barrels and it checks in as 55% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah that’s still resting in French oak. Chalky minerality, violets, plums and hints of blueberries all emerge from this full-bodied, ripe, sexy red that shines for its polished tannin and terrific purity. It should drink nicely right out of the gate and keep for a decade.

Located in the heart of the appellation, just off highway 46, Stephan Asseo’s l’Aventure Winery is unquestionably in the top 3-4 estates in Paso Robles. While he made just a handful of cuvees in the past, today he releases upwards of eight cuvees in each vintage. In addition, he’s just completed construction on a new cave/winery, and he continues to fine tune the style here, experimenting with amphora and larger barrels, with the goal of getting more elegance and purity into his wines. Looking at the wines reviewed here, the 2015s are certainly rock solid, and show tighter, elegant, and structured personalities. His 2016s are a step up over the 2015s and will be the first vintage completely made in the new cellar. They offer broad, sumptuous profiles, yet with no loss of purity or precision." (JD)