2008 Linne Calodo "Sticks & Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1095942 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of my favorites among the 2008s is the Sticks and Stones, a blend of 57% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, and 14% Syrah, (which sounds like a Chateauneuf du Pape). Moreover, tipping the scales at 15.8% alcohol (and not a bit of it showing), this wine has a subtle resemblance to the great Chateau Rayas. Kirsch liqueur, dark raspberries, loamy soil notes, lavender, and spice box are all present in this medium to full-bodied wine, which is extraordinarily elegant, focused, and pure. A delicious wine with good acidity, this is a sensational red from Paso Robles, and a tribute to the blending skills of Matt Trevisan. (RP)  (8/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet exudes raspberry and cherry liqueur, potpourri and cola, with intense spiciness and a touch of botanical herbs. Lush, creamy and expansive on the palate, offering powerful red berry preserve flavors and a strong suggestion of candied flowers. Alluringly sweet and seamless, with excellent finishing thrust and length. (JR)  (12/2010)

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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.