2012s from L’Aventure – A Bay Ridge Wine Exclusive!

2012s from L’Aventure – A Bay Ridge Wine Exclusive!

Bay Ridge is Maryland’s exclusive retailer for the wines of Paso Robles’ L’Aventure. Jeb Dunnuck in The Wine Advocate raves about the 2012s:

“I was blown away by these wines. Easily the most impressive lineup I’ve tasted from proprietor Stephan Asseo, these 2011s show the purity and focus of the vintage, yet balance it with incredible richness and texture that never seems cumbersome or heavy. The 2012s are no less rich, yet have impeccable purity and texture, as well as brilliant overall focus and structure that will allow them to evolve gracefully. Make no mistake about it though, these are all big, ripe wines; I find them utterly compelling and hard to resist.”

2012 L’Aventure Cote A Cote Paso Robles

Rated 95-97 Points, The Wine Advocate: “A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah (which is much more Grenache heavy than the 2011), the 2012 Cote a Cote delivers gorgeous Grenache generosity with little apparent weight. Licorice, wild flowers, crushed stone and black raspberry all emerge from the glass and this full-bodied, seamless and fresh barrel sample is loaded with promise. As with the 2011, it should offer immediate appeal, yet age gracefully given its overall balance and purity. Drink 2014-2022.”

2012 L’Aventure Estate Cuvee Paso Robles

Rated 96-99 Points, The Wine Advocate: “One of the best barrel samples I was able to taste during my trip through the region, the 2012 Estate Cuvee displays incredible purity and elegance with full-bodied richness and depth. A blend of 60% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot that’s a selection of the top plots of the estate, it possesses brilliant aromas and flavors of cassis, lead pencil, spice box and licorice to so with a seamless, integrated and perfectly balanced palate. Loaded with potential, I can’t wait to taste this from bottle next year! Drink 2016-2032.”

2012 L’Aventure Optimus Estate Paso Robles

Rated 93-95+ Points, The Wine Advocate: “Moving onto the 2012 Barrels, which across the board are superb, the 2012 Optimus should certainly match or exceed the incredible 2011. Full-bodied, seamless and downright sexy, with classy berry fruit, licorice, violets and spring flowers, it should be approachable on release and have a decade of longevity. Drink 2014-2022.”