2013 Linne Calodo "Sticks & Stones" Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1243414 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sensational expression of California Grenache, Matt's 2013 Sticks and Stones gives up tons of sweet cherries, raspberries, crushed, flowers and spice characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant profile. Made from 70% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault and 8% Syrah, it shines for its overall balance, purity of fruit and light, ethereal mouthfeel that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's already drinking great so don't be afraid to crack open a bottle. It should still be going strong in 2022. (JD)  (8/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby. Sexy, high-pitched red berry and floral pastille scents are complicated by suggestions of Asian spices and smoky minerals. Shows a Pinot-like lightness of touch, offering sharply focused raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen and sweeten with air. Smooth tannins add gentle grip to this distinctly suave and seamless blend. (JR)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A red blend, featuring an intriguingly untamed side. This is ripe yet sleek, with aromas of black raspberry and toasty spice leading to bold flavors of cherry, white pepper and tobacco. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Syrah. (TF)  (2/2016)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

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.