Rebel With A Cause!
Stephan's cause celebre is "where Bordeaux meets the Rhone". Bordeaux meets the Rhone in Paso Robles, the halfway point - halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, halfway between Seattle and Tucson, halfway between the Gironde and the Rhone. Stephan's passion is evident in his choice of terroir and in his winemaking skills. His wines are big, substantial and chewy without being jammy or fruitbombs. L'Aventure may well be the best winery in Paso Robles. The wines are definitely to my taste. No teeny weeny meager, thin, nasty, mean wines, these! Even the one white, a Roussanne/Viognier blend is big bodied, fruity and voluptuous. The reds are full of fruit, but structured with soft tannins and acid backbone. Mostly made to age, they are fabulous to drink right now. Stephan is clearly a star in the American firmament, but it hasn't gone to his head. He encourages all of his staff to make their own wines which brings us to Jacob Toft.