The assistant winemaker (and Northern Virginia native) from California's Linne Calodo estate returns! Meghan Ball will showcase the magnificent Zins and red blends she crafts with owner/winemaker Matt Trevisan. If you joined Meghan for our Paso Robles overview last year, you already know she's a great presenter and has plenty of knowledge and passion to share. Having tasted her wines, we've asked her to come and focus just on Linne Calodo's bottlings this year.
As long-time Rhone and Central Coast expert Jeb Dunnuck writes, "I’ve written it numerous time, but Linne Calodo remains one of the reference point estates in Paso Robles. Winemaker/owner Matt Trevisan consistently puts together exotic and singular blends that deliver opulence as well as balance."
And Josh Raynolds in Vinous adds, "Matt Trevisan is an inveterate blender and is constantly tinkering with the varietal composition of his wines. I’ve been especially impressed with his work with Zinfandel, as I find the Linne Calodo bottlings based on that variety to be highly complex and more elegant than practically, any other version in California, which means anywhere."
By special arrangement, Meghan and Matt have awarded us an allocation of exciting wines, many of which see very, very, limited retail distribution. Join us to taste 7 fantastic wines, including two from Meghan and Matt's "value" label, Slacker:
Linne Calodo Sticks & Stones 2017 (Chateauneuf du Pape blend)
Linne Calodo Problem Child 2017 (Zinfandel blend)
Linne Calodo Perfectionist 2016 (Syrah blend; Vinous 95 points)
Linne Calodo Contrarian White 2017 (White Rhone blend)
Linne Calodo Overthinker 2016 (let's call it a Syrah-dominant Languedoc blend; Vinous 95 points)
Slacker Wines Wanna Be 2016 (Zinfandel blend)
Slacker Wines Stereotype 2016 (Rhone blend)
If you love bold Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, etc. blends from Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, and - of course - California, then these wines will blow you away. As will Meghan's presentation and in-depth insights into the growing and making of great Paso Robles wine. As always, we'll serve light snacks with the wines and have plenty of time for questions.