Thursday, March 17, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2013 Linne Calodo Rising Tides

As you get older, you become more selective about your relationships.  Your preferences often turn to favor quality over quantity. For me, the same logic applies to wine club memberships. This past year we made quite a few changes in our wine club memberships.  There wasn't anything wrong with the ones we had memberships with, but we found some great new wineries during our last trip to California, so had to make the tough choice to end some (winery) relationships. One of our new memberships is with Linne Calodo - a winery that makes blends mostly (but not exclusively) with Rhone grape varieties.  Today I'm tasting their Rising Tides blend.

Wine: 2013 Linne Calodo Rising Tides

Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault

Obtained from: Purchased at winery
Price: $60
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, purplish-red in color.
Aroma: Black and red fruits, spice, with some oak.
Taste: Nice fruit, a good level of acidity, tannic with a little heat from 15.5% alcohol.  
The Grade: I give this one a B+.  This one would have benefited from some aging, but it's still drinking very nicely right now.  In a couple of years this may evolve into an A or even A+... I may have to get another bottle to put away so I can see!  Make a note... meet back here in three years for a follow up review!

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