2009 Linne Calodo "Nemesis" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1323843 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brilliant ruby color. Sexy blackberry, cherry-cola, potpourri and incense aromas, with a high-pitched note of black pepper. At once dense and lively, offering dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a chewy texture. Floral and spice notes gain strength with air and carry through a very long, sappy, focused finish. There are very suave tannins here but they make a late appearance and play nicely with the densely packed fruit. (JR)  (11/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Syrah-based 2009 Nemesis boasts gorgeous inner perfume to match its expressive dark fruit. The Syrah here is especially fruit-driven. It shows great intensity, with veins of underlying minerality that gives the wine freshness and lift. The blend is 87% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 3% Grenache, from Booker, Denner and Linne Calodo’s own estate vineyards. Nemesis is hugely enjoyable today for its voluptuous fruit. I wouldn’t wait too long to indulge in the wine’s pure pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. (AG)  (8/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Tight and muscular, with deep, firm dried berry, mineral, sage, tobacco leaf and cedar touches that are full-bodied, tannic and persistent. This youngster needs cellar time. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JL)  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

87% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 3% Grenache.

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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.