L'Aventure Estate Cuvée 2016
52% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot
VINEYARD 100% estate grown on the L'Aventure Vineyard. Very low yielding vines at 1.5 to 2 tons per acre.
VINIFICATION AND AGING Alcoholic fermentation in 100% new French oak, followed by full malolactic fermentation. Aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak. No fining or filtration.
Jeb DunnuckLast of the 2016s from barrel, the 2016 Estate Cuvée is a classic blend of 52% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot that’s brought up mostly in new French oak. It’s glass staining purple color is followed by a full-bodied, unctuous, seriously concentrated red that has building structure, a huge mid-palate and terrific notes of crème de cassis, pencil lead, tobacco leaf and graphite. The Cabernet really shows and this bruiser (although it stays graceful and lively) is going to require short term cellaring.
Wine Advocate52% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Estate Cuvee is all black cherries, crème de cassis and chocolate box on the nose with a Chinese five spice and potpourri undercurrent. The full-bodied palate is rich, opulent and firmly structured, with great purity and depth, finishing with lingering spice and dried herbs notes.