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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

2006 Linne Calodo Problem Child

Ever have a problem child? Many of have seen one, known one or raised one and in a word they're difficult! Entitled a P/C because of the difficulty of this blend. But not to many folks are seeing a problem in this child, in fact many folks including myself have greatly enjoyed the Linne Calodo 2006 Problem Child! Unfortunately this baby is sold out at the winery, but maybe it can be picked via online or brick n mortar retailers!
According to the Linne Calodo website their philophy toward winemaking is very simple here it is from the website "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. We believe in harvesting at the peak of ripeness to produce wines that are rich and concentrated."

Having been there and tasted the wines in the old tasting room/barrel room I have to say Linne Calodo delivers on on all four factors on a consistent basis!

They are making some great Rhone style blends and Zinfandels, a little on the expensive side. Not your everyday drinker, but definitely one (I mean a 1/2 case) to have in the cellar! Full bodied, fruit driven, and great acidity balance perfectly upon the palate, melding flavors of wild boysenberries, licorice, and subtle spice and utlra fine tannin components dancing delightfully together on a very enjoyable long finsish. Looking at the wine in the glass, that's what I call extraction baby of deep garnet and ruby!! A structured wine, however built for minimal aging!

Linne Calodo describes the soils type that makes up most of the terrior on the west side of the 101 in Paso! They have a new tasting room, which I have not seen! But I am sure it's fabulous! But stop by and see'em! A very good selection of wine, it will be hard to choose a favorite! For more about the Paso Wine Scene, please check out my four part series at the Cuvée Corner Wine Blog. Btw, WS gave the 2006 PC a whopping 95 points! So seek it this one and enjoy, tell them CCWB sent ya!

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