Linne Calodo, Paso Robles

by Stevie on April 27, 2011

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We went to Linne Calodo on our wine tasting, zinfandel festival weekend in Paso Robles with our great friend, Whitney. If you’ve been following our blog lately, then you’ve been reading a lot about Paso Robles wines. Linne Calodo used to by co-owned by Justin Smith, now of Saxum fame. Former partner, Matt Trevisan, retained Linne Calodo, which has been quite a success, too.

outside Linne Calodo tasting room

outside Linne Calodo tasting room

welcome to Linne Calodo

welcome to Linne Calodo


I wanted to research it a bit more for this story but the LC site is maddeningly vague about details. What is clear is that they want any potential visitors to make an appointment first, that the wines are sold out right now and that if you want them, then you should probably sign up for their club. This seems to be the Paso Robles story these days. Booker and Denner had almost no juice left and forget about Saxum. I’ve been on that waiting list for three years already and still get charming e-mails from them every four to six months humbly apologizing to me about the continued wait, but alas, I must continue to wait. Of course, Andy Warhol is right: “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.” But by golly, it sure is exasperating, too.

Linne Calodo has a super attractive ultra modern tasting room that is only a couple years old. Their wines are primarily zinfandel and Rhône style blends. Each has an incredible name, and like kukkula, a story behind it. The labels for the Linne Calodo bottles could out-compete most wineries for style and chic. We enjoyed pretty much everything that we tasted. Compared to other good producers, like Caliza or Tablas Creek, for example, LC’s prices seemed a bit higher. I guess that makes everyone happy, since they’re essentially sold-out.

inside Linne Calodo tasting room

inside Linne Calodo tasting room

2009 Linne Calodo Rising Tides

2009 Linne Calodo Rising Tides

2009 Rising Tides: a blend of mourvèdre, syrah and Grenache. This is translucent purple with medium body. We detected tar, earth, rhubarb and red fruit, with mineral and pepper bringing up the good finish.

2008 Screwball: a blend of syrah, Grenache and mourvèdre. This is named in homage to Eric Jensen of Booker. It was opaque purple with a nose of over-ripe veggies, red fruit and cabbage. It tasted round and full with lots of fruit, some pepper and fine tannins.

2009 Problem Child: zinfandel, syrah and mourvèdre. The name comes from the first vintage of this wine. There was a stuck fermentation, which caused some difficulty. Translucent purple with red currant, dry California forest on the nose leading to fresh red and purple fruit, some spice and earth with excellent balance. We liked this one a lot.

2009 Sticks and Stones: Grenache, mourvèdre and syrah. Translucent purple with herbal notes and rosepetal had refined tannins on a smooth medium body that featured lots of juicy red fruit.

2009 Outsider: zinfandel, syrah and mourvèdre. Also translucent purple with exciting leather, dried herb and fruit notes leading to a very full bodied, rounder than Problem Child, earthy peppery wine that reminded us of good Super-Tuscans.

2009 Linne Calodo Sticks and Stones

2009 Linne Calodo Sticks and Stones


2008 Linne Calodo Screwball

2008 Linne Calodo Screwball

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Faith April 27, 2011 at 5:24 am

Looks like it was a wonderful time! I love their modern-style tasting room and I’m glad you all enjoyed just about everything…your descriptions are fabulous!

Mary April 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

The winery looks delightful but you sound like the visit was less than perfect. Next time :-). This is my first visit to your blog and I’ve spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. I really enjoy the food you feature here and you’ve created a lovely spot for your readers to visit. I enjoyed the time I spent here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

Shelley April 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Now that I’m learning about all of these fabulous wines from your site, I want to try them! Doesn’t sound like that will ever happen, though. Three years? You are one patient man!

Krista April 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Waiting that long had better be worth the wait!! :-)

Elaine May 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm

You are far more patient than I am! :) I like the names of their wines.

LeQuan May 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

Wow! You sure are patient. I can’t believe they’re making you wait that long for your wine. I hope it will arrive soon and that it’s better than what you were hoping for and worth all the wait. Love the decoration of the tasting room, very modern and welcoming.

Steve Balmuth July 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm

If you’re interested, I just got in the 2009 Sticks & Stones and the 2009 Rising Tides at DaVine Food & Wine in Dana Point in very limited quantities. We also have 2010 Denner Theresa and 2009 Ditch Digger, again in very limited quantities. Other Paso wines we carry: Onx, Aaron, Graves, Ranchero Cellars, Kinero, Hasley, Brian Benson and Epoch.

Wayne November 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

Woah, I am in this picture of the tasting room! Guy in the purple sweater.

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