Linnie Calodo Nemesis, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, California, 2017
Overview of the Wine
Founded in 1998 by Matt and Maureen Trevisan, Linne Calodo's name is synonymous with a bold, innovative approach to winemaking that embraces the Paso Robles appellation and eschews the rigid traditions of the past. You might say Matt's winemaking style is a perfect blend of art, science, passion, and talent, with years of experience for good measure. Linne Calodo produces seven to ten exclusive blends per year using rich, lush varietals from the Willow Creek District. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and the crop loads reflect the natural balance of the vine. By harvesting at peak ripeness, Linne Calodo produces wines that are rich and concentrated in both flavor and texture, with a lush, full-bodied mouthfeel. Even the most ardent words of admiration fail to do Matt's artistry justice, but allow us to try: beauty may madden the soul like wine, but wines from Linne Calodo enchant the senses like beauty.
Linne Calodo's name pays homage to the rich soils in the esteemed Paso Robles Willow Creek District. The team grows grapes, makes wines and fosters an environment that shies away from traditional, rigid and archetypal industry norms. Studying biochemistry at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and working his way up at area wineries, Matt's winemaking style is a healthy balance of art and science. Linne Calodo produces seven to ten blends per year using a myriad of varietals: Rhone, Zinfandel, as well as other esoteric varietals from around the world.
The Linne Calodo wines are driven by four factors: vineyard location, uncompromising viticultural practices, minimalist winemaking, and the desire to learn from experience. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and the crop loads reflect the natural balance of the vine. The Linne Calodo team believes in harvesting at the peak of ripeness to produce wines that are rich and concentrated in both flavor and texture. You are encouraged to visit!
Grape / Blend77% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 4% Graciano
OriginWillow Creek District, Paso Robles, California
Winemaker's Tasting NotesThe Nemesis is constantly transforming itself from vintage to vintage. If you asked what it was like to grow syrah, I would say “easy.” If you asked what it takes to grow great syrah, I would say “determination." The wine is always derived from our most distinctive blocks of syrah, mourvedre, and grenache. The 2017 vintage: A savory blueberry pie with whipped cream and graham cracker crust. What else can I say? This wine has a big and gorgeous nose, chased on the palate by flavors of roasted meats, toast, and cinnamon. The Nemesis is a pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is soft and luscious, an extrovert of a wine. With each sip, more and more layers are revealed. The wine is syrah-dominate but the grenache, mourvedre and graciano do their part to impart finesse and a breadth of freshness. Drink now through 2030.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck (2016)
96 Points - Vinous (2016)
Product size: 750ml