2015 Linne Calodo "Sticks & Stones" Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1320133 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 As to the 2015s, the 2015 Sticks and Stones checks in as an interesting blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault that saw a touch of whole clusters and aging in larger format puncheons and foudres. It offers lots of baking spices, dried strawberries, black cherries, charred meats and scorched earth in a downright silky, seamless, incredibly elegant package. It has fine tannin, but this beauty just glides across the palate, has no hard edges and a great finish. It's one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass as opposed to hitting you over the head right from the start. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Blended of 68% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, the 2015 Sticks and Stones has a medium garnet-purple color and is scented of kirsch, red currant jelly and dried mulberries with hints of baking spices, potpourri and dusty earth, plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with spicy red fruit preserves and earthy layers, supported by soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. (LPB)  (9/2017)

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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.