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L'Aventure Optimus

L'Aventure Optimus Wine Details
Price: $45.00 per bottle

Description: A ruby and garnet colored wine, the 2003 Optimus is unique among it's kind for carrying the highest percentage of Syrah to date. At 64% Syrah, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot, the Optimus 2003 is an exuberant wine, with aromas of violet, wildflowers, and a very high -tone floral note of acacia, or muted honeysucle. These mingle with a hint of leather and earth, the latter found also among a fruit basket of raspberry, blueberry, and fresh plums, in a peppery finish on the palate. This is a wine for many and diverse dishes. Excellent with grilled meats and rich risotti, don't overlook grilled shellfish with this wine!

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.
Petit Verdot:
Petite Verdot is one of the five noble Bordeaux varietals, essentially acting as the nuts and bolts in most Bordeaux blends. With intense color and racy flavors, this wine possesses elements of pencil shavings, dark fruit presentation and a subtle complexity, which can be appreciated by even the most discerning palate.
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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