2016 Linne Calodo Sticks and Stones

Year: 2016
Appellation: Willow Creek District, Paso Robles
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 90
Vinous Media: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.8%
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"Quite ripe and plush, with bold raspberry, grilled anise and cracked pepper flavors, but well-structured enough to stay lively. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023. 800 cases made. -TF " (WS)

"Deep lurid ruby. Intense red berry preserve, cherry pit and spicecake scents, along with subtle cola and woodsmoke accents. Stains the palate with sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors that deepen and pick up a sexy floral quality with aeration. Displays an appealing blend of richness and energy and shows no rough edges. Finishes juicy, smooth and impressively long, with harmonious tannins lending shape and gentle grip." (VM)

"As to the 2015s, the 2015 Sticks and Stones checks in as an interesting blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault that saw a touch of whole clusters and aging in larger format puncheons and foudres. It offers lots of baking spices, dried strawberries, black cherries, charred meats and scorched earth in a downright silky, seamless, incredibly elegant package. It has fine tannin, but this beauty just glides across the palate, has no hard edges and a great finish. It's one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass as opposed to hitting you over the head right from the start.

One of the reference point estates in Paso Robles is undeniably Matt Trevisan’s Linne Calodo. Matt created this estate in 1999 (with Justin Smith of Saxum), and today makes a bevy of brilliant wines all based on eclectic blends. These wines shine for their complexity and nuance as much as their textures and richness." (JD)