Linne Calodo 2014 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based blend, Paso Robles

Linne Calodo 2014 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based blend, Paso Robles

Item Number: 9360

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 72% Zinfandel / 20% Syrah / 8% Mourvèdre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (7/7/2016)

    The Zinfandel-dominated 2014 Problem Child, which incorporates 20% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, has lots of bramble, sweet cherry and strawberry fruits, and tons of spice to go with a classic, pure and polished Zinfandel profile on the palate. Complex, forward, sexy and seamless, it too should drink beautifully for 7-8 years.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (9/1/2016)

    Glass-staining ruby. Explosive blue fruit, incense and oak spice aromas are brightened by notes of black pepper and fresh lavender, and a mineral nuance builds in the glass. Seamless, sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy blueberry, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors that slowly put on weight and become spicier with air. Velvety tannins sneak up slowly on the extremely long finish, where the spice, floral and blue fruit notes echo strongly.