- Producer: Linne Calodo - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Matt Trevisan
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek)
- Blend: 74% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 9% Grenache
- Vintage production: 700 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Matt and Maureen Trevisan
- First Vintage: 2011
- Drinking window: 2017-2024+
About the Wine
A cellar-born syrah-dominant blend that plays with whole cluster and varietal co-fermentations, the Perfectionist is vinified and aged in concrete.
Following the uneventful El Nino of 2015/16, which did provide better rainfall than the previous four years, proved to be a let down from what was anticipated. The winter cold also did not dip down into consistently low conditions to provide for a true hard frost, which helps vines remain in dormancy longer. Early bud break, at about mid-April, was recorded across the AVA.
A relatively cool spring led to some very consistent and warm spikes in early June, then consistently warm July and August. Harvest for white varieties began mid-August. Warm temperatures through September kept harvest at a heightened pace until it concluded in early October. This was one of the earliest harvests on record, at least since 2013. The 2016 vintage is the warmest year since 2014, with every month of the growing season, except May, skewing warmer than average.
Linne Calodo Perfectionist 2016
“Inky ruby. Highly fragrant black raspberry, boysenberry, violet pastille and Asian spice scents show outstanding clarity and pick up a smoky mineral quality with air. Deeply concentrated but vibrant as well, offering intense red and blue flavors that reach every corner of the palate. Suave floral and spicecake qualities emerge on an impressively long, subtly tannic finish that emphatically echoes the blue fruit note."
95 points, Josh Reynolds (Vinous, Sept. 2018)