About 2017 Linne Calodo Nemesis GSM:
The idea of making a single varietal wine is the Nemesis to the ethos of winemaker Matt Trevisan’s work. With a normally high percentage of Syrah each year, this brooding blend is the closest LC will ever come to producing a single varietal wine. The Nemesis is constantly transforming itself from vintage to vintage. If you asked what it was like to grow syrah, the winemaker would say “easy.” If you asked what it takes to grow great syrah, he would say “determination.” The wine is always derived from the vineyard’s most distinctive blocks of syrah, mourvedre, and grenache.
A savory blueberry pie with whipped cream and graham cracker crust. This wine has a big and gorgeous nose, chased on the palate by flavors of roasted meats, toast, and cinnamon. The 2017 Linne Calodo Nemesis is a pleasure to drink. The mouthfeel is soft and luscious, an extrovert of a wine. With each sip, more and more layers are revealed. The wine is syrah-dominate but the grenache, mourvedre and graciano do their part to impart finesse and a breadth of freshness. Drink now through 2030.
Much of what the winemaker does at the Linne Calodo estate vineyard is about un-learning the modern methods of viticulture in favor of what he calls “nature-positive farming”—which hearkens back to when farmers lived within the bounds of their land’s limited resources, relying on natural solutions and manual labor in contrast to chemicals and carbon-burning machines.
These methods are labor and time intensive. They are also unbound to certifications and buzzwords such as “organic” and “sustainable” and “natural.” In fact, they are all of these things, bundled into a curated farming approach that is wholly distinctive to the terroir of Linne Calodo.
Blend 77% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 4% Graciano.
Champion of dry-farmed Zinfandel-driven blends that reflect the terrain and heritage of Paso Robles. And every so often, you might squeeze a white wine out of Winemaker-Owner Matt Trevisan, too.
Nearly all of their wines are grown at the two estates: the main Linne Calodo Vineyard and Stonethrower Vineyard, both located in the mountainous Willow Creek District just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. They are also proud to steward the old vine Zinfandel at Cherry Vineyard. The imprint of these terroirs is what gives their wines their own distinct point of view.
About The Winery:
When Matt and Maureen Trevisan started Linne Calodo in 1998, they helped spark the modern wine era in Paso Robles. By the early 2000s, Paso Robles had graduated from unproven to unstoppable, driven largely by Rhône variety blends that earned widespread critical acclaim. Linne Calodo was right in the mix, and the rest is history.
This thirst for the unconventional lives on at Linne Calodo. The common thread among all of their wines can be summed up in one word: intentional. Matt is the polar opposite of the absentee winery owner. He is the farmer, winemaker, cover crop sower, fix-it man, amateur electrician and sheep herder. You can be assured that every Linne Calodo wine is obsessively shepherded from the field to the bottle.