Linne Calodo Outsider Zinfandel Blend 2014

$72

Rare new release from Paso Robles cult winery Linne Calodo.  Limited. 95 Points Robert Parker:  "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. ...A genius when it comes to fashioning incredible blends from Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Zinfandel (as well as a few others), Linne Calodo's Matt Trevisan eschews single varieties and makes seamless, elegant and character-filled wines that are always an utter joy to drink."  

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Ratings on Delectable

Patrick Derdeyn Delectable Pro

78% zin + syrah and mourvedre. The 15.8% is sneaky because there’s no heat on this and instead of the plush velvety blends that are more typical of Paso the zin adds brightness and keeps everything lifted. Overall it is reminiscent of a field blend from the North Coast. A hint of vanilla on the finish and the tannins are still a little bit prickly. This should be well rounded in just a couple more years.

78% zin + syrah and mourvedre. The 15.8% is sneaky because there’s no heat on this and instead of the plush velvety blends that are more typical of Paso the zin adds brightness and keeps everything lifted. Overall it is reminiscent of a field blend from the North Coast. A hint of vanilla on the finish and the tannins are still a little bit prickly. This should be well rounded in just a couple more years.

9.3

Lee Lightfoot Delectable Pro

Deep toast creosote and asphalt great mouthfeel, albanesque Syrah really shines through

Deep toast creosote and asphalt great mouthfeel, albanesque Syrah really shines through

8.8

David Walser

At home enjoying this wine. ZN: 78%, Syrah: 15%, Mourvèdre: 7%, nice blend. Not a sweet ZN.

At home enjoying this wine. ZN: 78%, Syrah: 15%, Mourvèdre: 7%, nice blend. Not a sweet ZN.

9.3

Scott Soren

@Linne Calodo They just make great wine. Time and time again. Their eclectic Rhône blends are good , no great. This had violets on the nose , with deep black cherry and a little white pepper to finish. Great mouthfeel with medium plus acidity. Long lingering finish. Yummy

@Linne Calodo They just make great wine. Time and time again. Their eclectic Rhône blends are good , no great. This had violets on the nose , with deep black cherry and a little white pepper to finish. Great mouthfeel with medium plus acidity. Long lingering finish. Yummy

9.4

Bryan Kesting

Took about an hour plus to unfold. Dark berries, spice box and some smokiness on the finish.

Took about an hour plus to unfold. Dark berries, spice box and some smokiness on the finish.

9.2

Scott Soren

Fruit bomb with structure. Oy. Awesome. Linne does it again. Zin/Syrah/Mourvèdre. Yumalicious

Fruit bomb with structure. Oy. Awesome. Linne does it again. Zin/Syrah/Mourvèdre. Yumalicious

9.3

Adam Eagan

Linne Calado is a personal favorite. Very interesting blend here swapping zin for Grenache in the typical gsm/Rhône blend. Had been cellared for two years and could have easily went longer. Thankfully I have two more ha:)

Linne Calado is a personal favorite. Very interesting blend here swapping zin for Grenache in the typical gsm/Rhône blend. Had been cellared for two years and could have easily went longer. Thankfully I have two more ha:)

9.4

Gus Bell

A welcoming home to California. The outsider holding up to the smoke country back ribs and blaring country in the Bose, a rowdy night with Doug — @Connor McMahon and @BRIAN BELL know what I mean. But for the wine... a bit of alcohol on the nose but drinks smooth with hits of warm dark fruits. Just exceptionably drinkable. Well done

A welcoming home to California. The outsider holding up to the smoke country back ribs and blaring country in the Bose, a rowdy night with Doug — @Connor McMahon and @BRIAN BELL know what I mean. But for the wine... a bit of alcohol on the nose but drinks smooth with hits of warm dark fruits. Just exceptionably drinkable. Well done

9.8

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