2007 Linne Calodo "Nemesis" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1127871 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another of the last of the 2007s hitting the market includes the 2007 Nemesis (82% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre). It’s a powerhouse at 15.8% alcohol, aged almost completely in 350-liter hogsheads. The unusually high percentage of Syrah has given it an almost opaque purple color, with an extraordinary nose of black raspberries, graphite, acacias flowers, and crushed rock. Its sweet tannins, superb purity, full-bodied mouthfeel and long finish are stunning. It should last for 10-12 years. This is one of my favorite wineries in the Central Coast. (RP)  (8/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (82% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre and 6% Grenache) Vivid ruby-red. Powerful, youthful aromas of black and blue fruits, cherry-cola, potpourri and musky spices. Deep, chewy blackberry and blueberry flavors are firmed by velvety tannins and given energy by a late snap of smoky minerals. At once lush and focused, offering a seductive interplay of sweetness and energy. Gains weight with air and finishes with a strong echo of sappy dark berries. This is delicious right now but balanced to age. (JR)  (12/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, ripe and focused, with a nice tension between the juicy fruit, acidity and structured tannins. This is also complex in its mix of anise, mineral, cedar and blackberry fruit, ending with a long finish of pure fruit. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. (JL)  (2/2010)

K&L Notes

Praise from Robert Parker's notes: "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."

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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.