Saturday, April 1, 2017

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2013 Linne Calodo Outsider

Breaking up is hard to do. My wine refrigerators at home are full. I've rented space in a temperature controlled wine storage facility. Still, I have joined far too many wine clubs. Initially I cancelled a few that were not too painful, but eventually there were some painful choices.  One of those was Linne Calodo from Paso Robles.  Really nice wines, interesting blends, but wines that need some time to age.  Sadly, I cancelled my membership, but I would highly recommend visiting, trying, and buying their wines.  As a consolation, I decided to taste their Zinfandel based blend - Outsider.
Wine: 2013 Linne Calodo Outsider

Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties: Zinfandel 78%, Syrah 20%, Mourvedre 2%

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, dark purple.
Aroma: Wow! Dark and red fruit, pepper, cola, and Mmmmm...licorice!
Taste: Big fruit, great balance. Lots of smooth tannins.
The Grade: I give this one a solid A.  Enough tannins to age for 10 years or more, but give it a decant for a few hours and it will be great. So good! Ugh! I miss you already.  Can we still be friends??? Luckily I have a few bottles of Linne Calodo in my stash to enjoy and reminisce. Cheers!

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