Linne Calodo 2015 'Sticks and Stones' Paso Robles

Linne Calodo 2015 'Sticks and Stones' Paso Robles

Item Number: 10200

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 68% Grenache / 17% Mourvèdre / 10% Syrah / 5% Cinsault
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15.3
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Grenache forward every year, this wine looks to highlight a variety that is an integral part of Linne Calodo. Feminine in nature, each year this blend sees some of the best barrels of Grenache and is balanced by Syrah and Mourvedre. First made in 2001, Sticks and Stones invokes beautiful imagery of vines and soils, as well as the fighting spirit of Grenache. The 2015 vintage comes entirely from the west and north blocks of Grenache on the Linne Calodo Estate. It is fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks with a touch of whole cluster fermentation. This vintage was aged in large format French oak puncheons and a 3,000-liter French foudre. Bright red strawberries and raspberries are complemented by chewy tannins and vibrant acidity.

Winemaking Notes: The vineyards are farmed organically and sustainably. Currently (as of 2017) about 80% of his wines are made from estate fruit. Sulfur is sprayed to protect against mildew. Irrigation is limited and mainly used to help the young vines stay healthy. The crop loads reflect the natural balance of the vine. The grapes are harvested at the peak of ripeness to produce wines that are rich and concentrated. In the cellar, Matt uses a healthy balance of art and science. Grapes co-ferment to achieve balance and complex flavors. Fermentation tanks are not heated or cooled as Matt let’s the wines evolve naturally. Sulfites are rarely added before bottling. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (9/29/2017)

    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.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (11/3/2017)

    Vibrant raspberry, cherry and floral scents, along with suggestions of licorice and spicecake. Sweet and sharply focused on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors that are sharpened and lifted by a core of zesty minerality. Densely packed yet lithe, delivering impressive closing thrust and a very long, smooth finish that features even tannins and resonating florality.