2007 Linne Calodo "Problem Child" Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1051075 94 points Wine Spectator

 An exciting wine, rich, intense and complex, with beautifully defined cherry and huckleberry fruit. The flavors are ripe but balanced and are accented by licorice, smoky sage and fresh mineral notes that linger and linger. Zinfandel, Syrah and Mourvèdre. (TF)  (6/2009)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Deeper and less flamboyant than the Outsider, the 2007 Linne Calodo Problem Child has blackberry, cassis, cedar plank and baking spices leading into a killer palate. Lush, sweet, and soft, yet with plenty of freshness, this medium to full bodied beauty should drink beautifully.  (11/2009)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Problem Child (72% Zinfandel, 16% Syrah, and 12% Mourvedre) showcases Trevisan’s intelligent blending where he takes fruit from some of the area’s finest old vine, dry-farmed Zinfandel vineyards and blends it with Rhone varietals, which results in a far more complex wine than if it were 100% Zinfandel. The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2007 Problem Child exhibits plenty of berry fruit, pepper, garrigue, forest floor, and earthy notes, full body, great fruit purity, density, and glycerin, and plenty of freshness as well as vivacity. This cuvee possesses nearly 16% natural alcohol, but you would never know that given its freshness. (RP)  (8/2009)

93 points Vinous

 (72% zinfandel, 16% syrah and 12% mourvedre) Inky purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet offers scents of boysenberry, blackcurrant, incense and pungent flowers, with a strong undercurrent of smoky minerals. Spicy, deeply pitched dark berry and cherry preserve flavors coat the palate, with fine-grained tannins lending support and slow-mounting minerality providing energy. Impressively precise for such a fleshy, sweetly seductive wine. Matt Trevisan says that this looks to be the richest and most opulent rendition of this wine yet. (JR)  (11/2009)


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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

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.