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2007 Linne Calodo "Sticks & Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1051279 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 63% Grenache, 25% Mourvédre and 12% Syrah, the 2007 Linne Calodo Sticks and Stones boast stunning aromatics of perfumed red fruits, bramble, meat, clove and spice. Complex and nuanced on the nose, the palate is medium to full bodied with sweet fruit, awesome fruit and a long finish.  (11/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Sticks and Stones is a blend of 63% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 12% Syrah. This cuvee always comes across like a Paso Robles version of a Chateauneuf du Pape. Elegant as well as substantial, the 2007 exhibits sweet kirsch liqueur, raspberry, lavender, and dusty, loamy soil characteristics, medium to full body, and ripe tannin. (RP)  (8/2009)

91 points Vinous

 (63% grenache, 25% mourvedre and 12% syrah) Deep, bright red. Spicy red berries, flowers and minerals on the pungent nose. Juicy and bright, with harmonious acidity giving vivacity to the sweet red berry fruit. Becomes creamier as it sits in the glass, picking up a note of spicecake. This lively wine should put on weight with a couple more years of bottle aging. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and very good energy. (JR)  (11/2009)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Floral grapey berry, plum and boysenberry flavors are pure, ripe and complex, gaining depth and richness. Shows off a spicy fresh earth flavor on the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. (JL)  (2/2010)

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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.