Screenwriter/Author Adam Jay Epstein & Paso Robles Wines
Wines of the Night
This lush, clove and allspice-scented red blend is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah and hails from Paso Robles. With a total production of less than 400 cases, this rare wine is a polished and very impressive effort, displaying sweet blackberry and cassis fruit and toasty notes of mocha, graham cracker, vanilla bean and milk chocolate on the palate. This brawny wine spent 20 months in French oak, 20% of which was new and the remaining neutral.
The pavement ends in a long ribbon of dirt and rows of stone fruit. You recognize Elephant heart plum and the blossoms of nectarines. Through clover and tiger lilies you see James approaching. He passes you a pluot across the barb wire. As you drive toward the house the juice marries with the scent of soil. It’s good to be home.
Starting with the 2017s and with what could be considered the entry-level wine from Stephan Asseo’s l’Aventure estate, the 2017 Optimus is based on 49% Syrah, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot that was brought up in 60% new French oak. It reveals a vivid purple color as well as notes blackberries, ground herbs, caramelized meat, and hints of chocolate. Beautifully balanced and full-bodied, it has a seamless, incredibly delicious style and is a brilliant introduction to the wines of this estate.