2006 Linne Calodo "Sticks and Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1051457 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Sticks and Stones (a combination of 65% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, and 11% Syrah) exhibits a Chateau Rayas-like nose of kirsch liqueur, licorice, and flowers. There is super fruit on the attack, entry, mid-palate, and finish. Beautifully elegant, pure, and already complex... Matt Trevisan is one of Paso Robles’ up-and-coming stars. He’s doing everything right, and it’s good to see him planting a new estate vineyard of nearly 18 acres, building a new wine cellar, and taking full advantage of the gorgeous limestone soils on the hillsides of West Paso Robles. Trevisan has also been ahead of the curve in realizing that the finest Paso Robles wines are usually blends. Undeniably, he has demonstrated a Midas touch when it comes to assembling innovative blends. He is also the only winemaker in this region that I know of who is doing terrific work with Zinfandel, using it as the core component in some diverse as well as creative blends. His wines spend time in an assortment of different sized oak barrels, little of it new. (RP)  (6/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (65% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre and 11% Syrah) Vivid red. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red berries, pungent flowers and incense are deepened by cola and licorice notes. The palate offers deeper blackberry and blueberry, with tangy minerals adding vivacity. Becomes spicier on the finish, leaving behind a suave trail of floral pastille and bitter berry skin notes. Pretty sexy stuff. (JR)  (12/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Delicious, with rich, ripe, elegant wild berry, black cherry, blueberry and spicy, peppery flavors that are complex and persistent, ending with a long, lingering finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.  (6/2008)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

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United States

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.