Linne Calodo 2014 "Cherry Red" Paso Robles
One of the most exciting trends in California Zinfandel winemaking the last few years has been the blending of different grape varieties with the zinfandel grape. As practiced by Matt Trevisan of Linne Calodo Cellars, this winemaking art has been elevated to the highest levels. Combining his love of Rhone-styled grapes with the fabulous Zinfandel vineyards of the Paso Robles region, Trevisan has set off on a path that is defining the future of Zinfandel wine in California.
With the fruit from his estate vineyard still gaining age and definition, Trevison sources from neighboring vineyards, like the Cherry Vineyard for its Zinfandel grapes, basing his selections on the west side of Paso Robles and on farming that utilizes uncompromising viticulture practices. The vineyards he chooses are farmed sustainably and harvesting is completed at the peak of ripeness to produce wines that are rich and concentrated in both flavor and texture. Trevisan describes his winemaking technique as minimalist, but his blending ability is nonpareil and shows a sureness of touch with Zinfandel and Rhone grapes such as Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Tannat that is uncommon in California.
The 2014 Cherry Red is lively and expressive on the nose with scents of raspberry, cherry and notes of roses. There is impressive depth and sweetness to the red fruit flavors and the finish is long and focused. This is Zinfandel not to be missed.