Linne Calodo 2018 'Perfectionist' Rhone Blend, Paso Robles
Item Number: 16065
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 62% Syrah / 38% Grenache
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 15.6
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Tasting Notes: Aged exclusively in concrete tanks rather than oak barrels, the flavors and structure of this wine come purely from the Syrah and Grenache plants themselves. The chalky tannins that come on strong, and then melt away on the finish, make it a perfect pairing to almost any meal. Intermingled savory and fruit flavors underscore the complexity that will only increase in time. Thai basil, blood orange peel, ginger, blueberry and white pepper only scratch the surface. Drink now through 2026 with a decant for fresher fruit notes, or 2027 through 2034 for a softer pallet and more developed flavors like leather and dried pomegranate.
Pairings: Seared tuna, wild boar ragu, wild roasted mushroom risotto, soft cheeses like Pouligny-Saint-Pierre (goat) or Brillat-Savarin (cow)
Viticulture Notes: The vineyards are farmed organically with some biodynamic practices. Currently (as of 2017) about 80% of Linne Calodo's 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.
Appellation: Willow Creek District, Paso Robles
Fermentation: Native yeast fermentation, closed top 4-ton concrete fermenters, punch downs, pump overs and delestage (rack and return) by hand, basket pressed
Aging: Aged around 17 months in concrete tank
Sulfites: Extremely low additions
About the Name: This wine is about Matt's pursuit of perfection, knowing all along that it is not attainable yet trying anyways.