L’Aventure is located in the west end of Paso Robles. Stephan Asseo is the owner and winemaker. He began making wine in 1982, following his education at L’Ecole Oenologique de Macon, Burgundy, France. In 1996, he left France to find his next adventure and landed in Paso Robles. He purchased 126 acres, selected his rootstock and started his planting. Today he is growing mostly Syrah and Cabernet, some Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot and some 3 acres of Roussanne and Viognier.
The Roussane is golden straw in color. Floral aromatics with pear, apple, chanterelle mushrooms and sea foam. Pear, apple and wet stone on the palate. Medium to full body, great acidity, richness and complexity with mineral, almond and beeswax components (and just a little chalky). 300 cases produced.
Certainly not a great value at $24-26 a bottle, but I would not hesitate buying it again. Recommended.
The L’Aventure Roussanne and the McPrice Myers Viognier 2006 were my two favorite Rhône whites from California I have tasted so far this year.