Linne Calodo 2016 'Outsider' Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Linne Calodo 2016 'Outsider' Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Item Number: 12167

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 82% Zinfandel / 7% Syrah / 7% Mourvedre / 4% Graciano
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 16
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vineyard Notes: The Outsider wine is an experiment in vineyard terroir and soil intricacies. The Zinfandel is sourced from northern-facing slopes as well as low areas where the soil is deeper and the temperatures are cooler. These factors produce less acid in the grape, allowing for Outsider to gain an edge of spice and earth. The vineyards are farmed organically and sustainably. Currently (as of 2017) about 80% of Linne Calodo is made from estate fruit. Sulfur is sprayed to protect against mildew when needed. Irrigation is limited and mainly used to help young vines. 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.

2016 Vintage Notes from Vinous 9/2018: “Trevisan’s 2016s display the usual depth of flavor and velvety texture for which his wines are known, but they also show an element of aromatic freshness and detail as well as energy on the palate that makes them extremely pleasant to drink, even now.”

Winemaking Notes: 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.

Fining: No
Filtering: No
Aging: New and neutral American oak puncheons and 228-liter casks

Tasting Notes: Bacon, Berries, and Purely Decadent


  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (9/1/2018)

    Powerful dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas are complemented by building licorice, incense and pipe tobacco accents. Concentrated and fleshy on the palate, offering alluringly sweet boysenberry, cassis, cherry pie and star anise flavors and suggestions of bitter chocolate and succulent herbs. Becomes more energetic with air and finishes with superb, spice-tinged persistence and velvety tannins that shape the lush, sweet, clinging fruit.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 95 (11/29/2018)

    The Zinfandel-based 2016 Outsider gives up complex, textbook notes of sweet red and black fruits, cedarwood, white pepper, and incense. This is a classic Zinfandel that carries loads of fruit and richness yet stays light, elegant, and graceful on the palate, with terrific purity and freshness. It’s already impossible to resist, and I see no need to delay gratification either. The blend is 82% Zinfandel, 7% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the balance Graciano, all brought up in new and neutral American oak.