2013 Linne Calodo "Outsider" Willow Creek District Red Blend

SKU #1243413 94 points Wine Spectator

 A knockout of a blend, sleek and powerful, jammed with ripe fruit, all held together by a well-structured core and accented by toasty black raspberry, melted black licorice and lots of freshly cracked pepper. Zinfandel, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2026. 451 cases made. (TF)  (3/2016)

93 points Vinous

 (78% Zinfandel, 20% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre) Inky ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit and licorice pastille scents are brightened and lifted by a hint of cracked pepper. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering vibrant boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors and an exotic violet quality. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and closes on a gently tannic note, with excellent focus and length. Not a year goes by when Matt Trevisan doesn't tell me that he's still fine-tuning his style and thinking as much as possible about ways to reach his potential as a winemaker--and, increasingly, as a grower. A quick look at the names of his wines gives one an idea of his curious nature and he's one of the more reflective producers that I visit, anywhere. He reminds me a lot, in fact, of Jean-Louis Chave, another young vigneron who, like Trevisan, is constantly questioning his own work even though his wines are consistently among the very best examples of his appellation. (JR)  (9/2015)

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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.