2012 Linne Calodo "Perfectionist" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1181627 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Perfectionist is mostly Syrah, yet incorporates 12% Grenache and 11% Mourvedre. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged mostly in concrete (one puncheon was used), it has complex, savory aromas and flavors of red and black fruits, bouquet garni, crushed rock and smoked herbs all emerging from the glass. While savory and rich, it shows that whole cluster doesn't mean rustic, and this beauty is full-bodied, seamless and incredibly polished on the palate, with no hard edges and high-quality tannin. It's another superb blend from Matt that will have a decade or so of evolution. I had a fantastic tasting with owner/winemaker Matt Trevisan, and to my palate, this estate is at the top of their game. The wines have incredible purity across the board, and while they pack serious flavor and depth, they never seem heavy, over-the-top or cumbersome in the least. You can't go wrong with any of these. (JD)  (8/2014)

92 points Vinous

 The 2012 Perfectionist, a Syrah/Grenache/Mourvèdre blend done entirely in concrete, is striking. Red and black cherries, savory herbs, mint and crushed flowers lift out of the glass in a perfumed, aromatic wine. The darker tonalities of fruit are very much those of Syrah and Mourvèdre, while Grenache and the inclusion of 100% stems adds floral overtones. (AG)  (7/2014)

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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.