Linne Calodo 2014 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based blend, Paso Robles
Item Number: 9360
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Grape(s): 72% Zinfandel / 20% Syrah / 8% Mourvèdre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Winemaking Notes: The dry-farmed Zinfandel in this blend hails from the Heaton Ranch in the Willow Creek AVA. Grown on a western facing slope of Linne Calodo soils creates bright, thirst quenching acidity and amazing flavors of raspberry and cherry pie. The Zinfandel was picked at optimal ripeness, fermented on skins for 22 days and pressed into both 500L American oak puncheons and 265L barriques. Wine is pigeaged daily and aged in American barriques to add roasted meat quality to the bright fruit flavors. Syrah is blended in for mid-body weight and Mourvédre for tannins and earth.
Tasting Notes: Plums, cranberries and boysenberries are complimented by black pepper, cigar and cocoa bean. Gentle tannins and a buoyancy of liquidity make Problem Child a mid-weight fighter. Aged in a mix of American and French oak. Drink now through 2021.
About the Name: The name is an homage to the first barrels of this blend (2001 vintage). A zinfandel blend that did nothing but cause problems, demanding nights of extra attention complete with warm blankets and musical serenades. Referred to as the "Problem Child," those two barrels turned themselves around and were the beginnings of one of our most celebrated wines.