medium golden yellow, prominent tearing; quince, white peach, pear, white flowers, buttered brioche; stone fruits, mineral notes, waxy mouthfeel; full bodied, good acidity, 14.8% ABV; made from predominantly Roussanne with a touch of Viognier and small amounts of Chardonnay, Clairette Blanche, Genache Blanc, and Marsanne fermented and aged in a combination of concrete tank and new and used French oak barrels, the only white Booker makes, winemakers Eric and Lisa Jensen worked with Justin Smith at Saxum and Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure before starting their own label in 2005; $50 — a year ago
Okay... probably a year past it’s drinking prime, but still fun and full of pleasure. I love these wines when they’re young and vibrant...my third favorite domestic rose behind L’Aventure and Ceritas. This one got lost but still gotta appreciate its cut at 5 years out! Not much fruit left, but nice savory funk notes. — 5 months ago
Stephanvineyards L’Aventure 2016 Optimus Estate. This fabulous wine is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Petit Verdot. WOW!!! This amazing adventure starts off with a Blackberry, Wild Cherry and Pomegranate explosion. The oak in the middle is sandwiched by layers of hazelnut, chocolate, and spice. Then there is Pomegranate everywhere. The finale captivates you with a dry smoky fish leaving you thirsty for more. - Dr Todd and Herronfamilywines — 2 years ago
One more Central Coast Syrah. PharaohMoans is from a 3 acre estate on Paso Robles Westside (the Salinas River Valley splits the area into Eastside and Westside). Guillaume Fabre is the winemaker and previously spent time at L’Aventure. The wine is 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache. As Jeb Dunnuck noted in his barrel tasting, “If you're craving lightweight aromas and flavors, look elsewhere.” This is the liqueur version of chocolate covered cherries, and a crème de cassis, kirsch, and mocha head-spinner that packs a wallop. Secondary baking spices and sandalwood add some complexity. — 4 years ago
On the nose, creamy dark & mid red fruits, fresh purple florals and loamy soils. Palate of lean ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, plum & raspberries. The tannins are dusty but grippy, raspberry cola, brown dusty soil, crushed rocks, fresh purple florals, leather, bramble, steeped fruit tea, good acidity but not a great finish. Astringent and dry. Wine is really tight at this point which is surprising for a 2012. Elizbeth Tangney is the Winemaker. She worked for L’Aventure in Paso Robles, Booker Vineyards, in St. Emillion and for Bryant before becoming their Winemaker. Aron Potts is their Consultanting Winemaker. He has his own label, Potts. He was previously the Assistant Winemaker at Kongsgaard and was the Winemaker at Château Troplong-Mondot in Bordeaux. Both shown in the photos as is their estate building and one of their vineyards. — 4 years ago
Cellared for almost 6 years and through 2 moves. L’Aventure Vineyards (by appointment only) are incredible and you get the feeling they are aware of that. This estate grown Syrah/Cab/Petite Verdot blend opened up nicely and had long legs. Would recommend. — 6 months ago
dark purple; muted, cassis, licorice, espresso, cedar, smoke, vanilla; dense, concentrated, fruit forward; full bodied, medium+ acidity, fine grained tannins, 14.8% ABV; blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, and 11% Petit Verdot, winemaker Eric Jensen’s homage to Stephan Asseo who is owner/winemaker of L’Aventure Winery which is adjacent to Booker; $80 — 2 years ago
The 07 Estate Cuvée is a blend of; 49% Syrah, 37% Cabernet and 14% Petit Verdot.
The nose reveals, bright, ripe, ruby fruits of; mulberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, black plum, plum, blackberries and black cherries. Some black pepper, melted dark chocolate, mocha powder, vanilla, dark, rich soil, limestone minerals, dry sage, bay leaf, understated dark spice, dry crushed rocks, burnt ambers, incense, underbrush, soft leather & woody notes with loads of fresh, fragrant violets and lavender.
The body is; full, ruby, lush and voluptuous. The tannins are powdery dry with some meaty, stickiness. The structure and tension are still quite big. The length and balance are in the first phase of their good groove. It has another 6-8 years of very good drinking going forward. Dark currants-cassis, bright, ripe, ruby, jammy fruits of; mulberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, black plum, plum, blackberries, creamy black raspberries and black cherries. Warm blueberry pie, more black pepper on the palate then the nose, melted dark chocolate, mocha powder, vanilla, some clove, cinnamon stick, black licorice, sweet tarriness, dark, rich soil, moist clay, limestone minerals, dry sage, bay leaf, dark spice with some uplifting palate heat, dry crushed rocks, burnt ambers, incense, savory meats, underbrush, suede style leather, cedar with loads of fresh, fragrant violets and lavender. The acidity is round and beautiful. The long, rich, ruby, well balanced, voluptuous, nicely polished finish is delicious and persists on and on.
This is a wine where Southern Rhône meets Bordeaux.
Photos of; L’Aventure, Stephan Asseo-Owner and Winemaker, their beautiful cave and rolling hillside vineyard. — 2 years ago