Linne Calodo

Matt Trevisan

Country of Origin: USA
Location: Willow Creek District, Paso Robles
People: Matt & Maureen Trevisan, Owners | Matt Trevisan, Winemaker


Linne Calodo 2014 'Overthinker' (S/G/M), Paso Robles Login <1 Case
Linne Calodo 2014 'Perfectionist' (S/M/G), Paso Robles Login In Stock
Linne Calodo 2015 'Sticks and Stones' Paso Robles Login In Stock
Linne Calodo 2013 'Outsider' Zinfandel, Paso Robles Login AG 93 WS 94 WA 95 <1 Case
Linne Calodo 2014 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based blend, Paso Robles Login WA 93 AG 95 In Stock

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Matt Trevisan, owner and winemaker of Linne Calodo, is one of the most revered Paso producers and has been for almost two decades. Matt founded Linne Calodo in 1998 with his wife Maureen and Justin Smith of Saxum (Justin is no longer a partner). He bought his property on Vineyard Drive in 2000, planted his 50-acre estate vineyard in 2005, and built a stunning new tasting room and winery in 2009. For a wine region in the grips of rapid growth, this makes him an old-timer, and his wines have rightfully amassed a devoted following.

Born in Southern California, Matt moved to San Luis Obispo in 1990 to attend Cal Poly University and study biochemistry. It was at this time when he experienced his first tastes of the wine industry. He apprenticed at local wineries, which enabled him to understand the many aspects of winemaking and hone his skills in the vineyard and winery. Linne Calodo originally came about as a side project while Matt worked at Wild Horse Winery. The mission was, and still is, to produce unique and exceptional, small batch wines true to West Paso’s terroir. The name, after all, pays homage to the rich soils in the esteemed Paso Robles Willow Creek District. The wines are Rhone and Zinfandel blends that speak of the region versus variety.

The wines are driven by four factors; vineyard location, uncompromising viticulture practices, minimalist winemaking and the desire to learn from experience. The vineyards are farmed organically and sustainably. Currently (as of 2017) about 80% of his wines are made from estate fruit. Sulfur is sprayed to protect against mildew. Irrigation is limited and mainly used to help the young vines stay healthy. The crop loads reflect the natural balance of the vine. The grapes are harvested at the peak of ripeness to produce wines that are rich and concentrated. In the cellar, Matt uses a healthy balance of art and science. Grapes co-ferment to achieve balance and complex flavors. Fermentation tanks are not heated or cooled as Matt let’s the wines evolve naturally. Sulfites are rarely added before bottling. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vinous 9/2016
"The Linne Calodo wines consistently walk the line between richness and vivacity. Because of their energy, freshness and purity of fruit, the wines are usually delicious on the young side, but they have an enviable track record for rewarding patience as well."

Wine Advocate 8/2016
"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."

Vinous 9/2015
"Not a year goes by when Matt Trevisan doesn't tell me that he's still fine-tuning this style and thinking as much as possible about ways to reach his potential as a winemaker--and, increasingly, as a grower. A quick look at the names of his wines gives one an idea of his curious nature and he's one of the more reflective producers that I visit, anywhere. He reminds me a lot, in fact, of Jean-Louis Chave, another young vigneron who, like Trevisan, is constantly questioning his own work even though his wines are consistently among the very best examples of his appellation."

Vinous 7/2014
"Matt Trevisan's wines have evolved pretty dramatically over the last decade. Trevisan describes 2001-2004 as a period of 'monster wines' whereas the focus today is on making wines that are more suitable to the table. In general, Trevisan is seeking less power and more acidity. He certainly seems to be finding that, as these gorgeous wines amply demonstrate. The latest evolution is an increasing emphasis on estate fruit, which I personally believe has the potential to be a meaningful impact to quality."

Wine Advocate 2012
"This set of wines from proprietor Matt Trevisan was among the most impressive I tasted in Paso Robles. The wines seem to have a bit more energy and focus than in the past. Native fermentation and a generally artisan, hand-made approach informs a style full of personality and character. Some of the wines are aged partly in American oak, which works beautifully for this fruit. Trevisan describes 2010 as a fairly regular October harvest. He adds that 2011 was a much later year, as 60% of the fruit came in during November."

Winery featured in Wine Spectator June 15, 2010 Issue in an article about Paso Robles by Tim Fish.
"With wines labeled Problem Child, Nemesis and Outsider, winermaker Matt Trevisan shows not only an independent streak but a dry sense of humor. One of the pioneers of west Paso, Trevisan makes blends of Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. Thanks to the rocky, limestone soil of the region that gives the winery its name, the wines are dense, complex yet sinuous creations. 'There's a bit of elegance to be found by combining different varietals together,' he says."


  • Linne Calodo 2013 'Outsider' Zinfandel, Paso Robles
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2015)

    Inky ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit and licorice pastille scents are brightened and lifted by a hint of cracked pepper. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering vibrant boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors and an exotic violet quality. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and closes on a gently tannic note, with excellent focus and length.
  • Linne Calodo 2013 'Outsider' Zinfandel, Paso Robles
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (3/1/2016)

    A knockout of a blend, sleek and powerful, jammed with ripe fruit, all held together by a well-structured core and accented by toasty black raspberry, melted black licorice and lots of freshly cracked pepper. Zinfandel, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
  • Linne Calodo 2013 'Outsider' Zinfandel, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (7/7/2016)

    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.
  • Linne Calodo 2014 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based blend, Paso Robles
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (7/7/2016)

    The Zinfandel-dominated 2014 Problem Child, which incorporates 20% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, has lots of bramble, sweet cherry and strawberry fruits, and tons of spice to go with a classic, pure and polished Zinfandel profile on the palate. Complex, forward, sexy and seamless, it too should drink beautifully for 7-8 years.
  • Linne Calodo 2014 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based blend, Paso Robles
    Rating: 95 (9/1/2016)

    Glass-staining ruby. Explosive blue fruit, incense and oak spice aromas are brightened by notes of black pepper and fresh lavender, and a mineral nuance builds in the glass. Seamless, sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy blueberry, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors that slowly put on weight and become spicier with air. Velvety tannins sneak up slowly on the extremely long finish, where the spice, floral and blue fruit notes echo strongly.