- Producer: Linne Calodo - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Matt Trevisan
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek)
- Blend: 78% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre
- Vintage production: 500 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Matt and Maureen Trevisan
- First Vintage: 2003
- Drinking window: 2017-2024
About the Estate:
Paso Robles, best known for its incredible Rhône blends, is famously split by the 101 Highway, with the smaller region on the western (coastal) side firmly established as being home to the very best vineyards. Linne Calodo is just a 20-minute drive west of the city of Paso Robles and it’s incredible how quickly the terrain is transformed from wide plains to steep canyons and hillsides covered in wild flowers. Matt and Maureen’s enclave sits within the Estate’s organically/dry-farmed vineyards which live in harmony with the surrounding woodland.
Matt’s winemaking style is a balance of science and art, not shy of experimentation and altering his approach to work with each vintage. It’s also one that leading him to the very top of his game and comparisons to the greats of the Rhône Valley (Josh Reynolds likens him to Jean-Louis Chave!). Volumes are extremely low, but all of the reds and whites are sold out in their entirety every year, such is the demand. 4C has the first ever UK allocation.
Linne Calodo 'Outsider' Zinfandel 2014
“Another Zinfandel-dominated blend is the 2014 The Outsider, which incorporates 15% Syrah and 7% Mourvedre. Showing a slightly more dark fruit-slanted feel in its cassis, black raspberry, toasted spice and licorice aromas and flavors, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fabulous balance and sweet tannin that emerge on the finish. I love the overall purity here, and this beauty is another seamless wine that makes the most of these steep limestone hills on the west side of Paso Robles.”
95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (The Wine Advocate)