Bottle Notes, Syrah

2006 Linne Calodo Nemesis – Bottle Notes

Linne Calodo was founded in the late 1990s by Matt Trevisan and Justin Smith, former college roommates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast. Trevisan worked at Justin Winery after graduating in biochemistry and within a few years he and Smith started Linne Calodo. Smith branched off on his own in 1998 to start Saxum. Today Linne Calodo produces a portfolio of Rhone-style reds and whites, and Zinfandel.

With a normally high percentage of Syrah each year, Nemesis is the closest Linne Calodo ever comes to producing a single variety wine.

Dark violet in color. 15.7% ABV. 82% Syrah, 14% Mourvedre and 4% Grenache. Rich nose of black fruits, asphalt and iron. Layers upon layers of lush, sweet fruit on the palate. Medium body with medium acidity. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry liqueur, white pepper and blood. Silky tannins on an exceptionally long finish. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Linne Calodo wines are best obtained via the wineries mailing list.

As an aside this wine was provided to me by my good friend Carrie Bowman at Napa Valley Wine & Cigar to make good on an annual baseball wager. Better luck next year Carrie!

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