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2005 Linne Calodo "Nemesis" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1051552 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Nemesis (which was still in barrel) reminded me of a 2003 Northern Rhone red Hermitage. A blend of 85% Syrah, 11% Mourvedre, and 4% Grenache, the wine exhibits blackberry notes with hints of road tar, truffle, and earth. Spicy, with fabulous layers of rich creme de cassis fruit, this broad, expansive wine has superb purity, a beautifully textured mouthfeel, and a long finish. It should evolve for a decade or more.  (8/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Powerful dark berry preserve aromas are a bit brooding but slowly open to show an array of herbal, floral and spice qualities. Chewy blackberry and blueberry flavors are firmed by solid tannins, picking up smoked meat on the close. Became sweeter and fresher with air but this isn't showing everything right now.  (12/2007)

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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.