Linne Calodo 2017 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based Blend, Paso Robles

Linne Calodo 2017 'Problem Child' Zinfandel-based Blend, Paso Robles

Item Number: 13594

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Paso Robles
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 64% Zinfandel / 19% Syrah / 14% Graciano / 3% Carignan
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15.7
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 900

If you are looking for Zinfandel, look no further. This is one of the best examples of Zinfandel in the whole state of California. As usual, the bold audacity of Zinfandel is tamed by skillful blending with Syrah, Carignan, and Graciano. It’s like obedience school for the Problem Child, each grape helps develop the wine into a knowledgeable smart ass that will test the boundaries. The rich and bold wine elicits flavors of cranberries, raspberries, orange peel and cinnamon. There’s a wonderful mouthfeel that hints to memories of gram cracker dust, toast and blueberry jam.

Vineyards: Heaton Ranch, Linne Calodo Estate
Viticulture: Dry-farmed (no irrigation), organic and biodynamic practices
Appellation: Willow Creek District, Paso Robles
Fermentation: Native yeast fermentation, open top 2-ton stainless, punch downs
Aging: 30% new oak, 70% neutral American oak puncheons
Fining: None
Filtering: Minimal
Sulfites: Extremely low additions

About the Name: The name is an homage to the first barrels of this blend. A Zinfandel blend that did nothing but cause problems, demanding nights of extra attention complete with warm blankets and musical serenades. Referred to as the "Problem Child," those two barrels turned themselves around and were the beginnings of one of the estate's most celebrated wines.

Vintage Notes: "Matt Trevisan’s expressive 2017s are as strong a group of wines as I’ve tasted here, combining power and elegance with a sure hand." - Vinous 2/2020


  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 94 (10/31/2019)

    The Zinfandel-dominated 2017 Problem Child (there's 19% Syrah, 14% Graciano, and 3% Carignan) has a classic Zinfandel nose of spice red and black fruits, brambly herbs, cigar tobacco, and Asian spices. Ripe, full-bodied, and incredibly polished, it has sweet tannins, no hard edges, lots of richness and depth, and a great finish.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 96 (2/4/2020)

    Highly expressive aromas of mineral-tinged dark berry preserves, incense and candied licorice are complicated by a sexy floral nuance. Smoky and seamless in texture, offering alluringly sweet black and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes with outstanding clarity, mounting tannins and floral-dominated tenacity, leaving blue fruit and exotic spice notes behind.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (10/30/2020)

    The 2017 Problem Child is made up of 70% Zinfandel, 20% Syrah, 5% Carignan and 5% Graciano. Deep ruby-purple, it explodes on the nose to aromas of blackberry and boysenberry pie, wildflowers, plums, cinnamon and aniseed with loads of underlying nuances. The palate is medium to full-bodied and fully fruited with a spicy streak. The frame is incredibly juicy and finely grained, and it finishes long and layered. Yum!