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L’Aventure 2004 Estate Cuvée

Tasting notes: Beautifully rendered, but playful, its blueberry intertwines with the leathery, cigar-sweet refrains of the syrah to create an intoxicating jazz impromptu that envelops nose and palate. Worth knowing: Proprietor Stephan Asseo arrived in the Paso Robles region on California’s Central Coast from Bordeaux in the 1990s with the aim of creating innovative wines without the constraints imposed by French regulators on the varietals grown and blended. He is a wizard with Rhône varietals and arguably the top producer in the region.

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