Linne Calodo

2023 marked the 25th birthday for one of Paso Robles most important wineries, Linne Calodo. It was founded by two bona-fide legends, Justin Smith (who went on to start Saxum Vineyards) and Matt Trevisan. To this day, Matt continues to push boundaries in Paso and played a massive role in putting the regions Grenache-blends in the international spotlight.

  • Region: Paso Robles
  • Winery Location: Willow Creek
  • Owner: Matt & Maureen Trevisan
  • First Vintage: 1998
  • Winemaker: Matt Trevisan

Story

In 1998, Matt and his college roommate, Justin Smith, started off picking fruit for Linne Calodo from the Smith Family’s James Berry Vineyard, and Elmer and Mary Cherry’s Vineyard, using the Wild Horse Winery facility (where they were both working) after hours. In 2001, Justin moved on to start Saxum, and Matt knew it was time to begin focus purely on Linne Calodo, and in 2002 the first winery and tasting room was completed.

In 2008, they broke ground on a brand-new winery and tasting room in the centre of their new Linne Calodo Estate, while continuing to pant the property to Rhône varietals. The empire was expanded in 2009 when they leased a 6-hectare neighbouring vineyard, followed in 2012 with the purchase of 20 hectares just a couple of miles away, now their Trevi Ranch Vineyard.

Volumes are extremely low, but all of the reds and whites are sold out in their entirety every year, such is the demand.

Vineyards

Planted in 2005, the Estate Vineyard surrounding the winery sits around 320 metres above sea level, where the cold air and coastal fog tends to settle. This results in cooler temperatures and much longer maturation on the vine, which produce wines with higher acids and a unique flavour profile.

The Trevi Ranch Vineyard is slightly higher at over 400 metres of elevation, and experiences slightly warmer temperatures and less fog. Will hillsides approaching 45 degree slopes, and orientation to all corners of the compass, the different blocks produce a vast array of flavour profiles.

Winemaking

Matt’s winemaking style is a balance of science and art, not shy of experimentation and altering his approach to work with each vintage. It’s also one that leading him to the very top of his game and comparisons to the greats of the Rhône Valley, with Josh Reynolds (Vinous) likening him to Jean-Louis Chave!

Latest arrivals from Linne Calodo

2020 Slacker Wines, Computer Geek, Paso Robles 12x75cl

Blend: 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Graciano, 10% Carignan Vintage production: 260 cases The 2020 Computer Geek comes from three estate vineyards farmed by winemaker Matt Trevisan in the Willow... Creek District. The driving element is Syrah from the Perch Block at Stonethrower Vineyard, located just 10 miles from the ocean at an elevation of 1,350 feet. The Syrah component is rounded out by fruit from the Estrella Block at Stonethrower Vineyard and the Cold Shoulder Block at the Linne Calodo estate. The Grenache, Graciano and Carignan hail from a mix of blocks at Stonethrower, Linne Calodo and Oakdale vineyards. Native yeast fermentation. An extended whole-cluster fermentation of the Perch Block Syrah sets the tone, driving the wine with an earthy, savoury character. After fermentation, the various blocks were pressed to 228, 265 and 500-liter French oak barrels (20% new oak), where they underwent extended aging for 30 months prior to blending. Complete Linne Calodo treatment - no additional expense spared from winegrowing through winemaking, but differentiated as a Slacker blend with an emphasis on softer edges and immediate approachability.
£410 / Case£34.17 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £539.66 / Case, £44.97 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2020 Slacker Wines, Computer Geek, Paso Robles 1x75cl

Blend: 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Graciano, 10% Carignan Vintage production: 260 cases The 2020 Computer Geek comes from three estate vineyards farmed by winemaker Matt Trevisan in the Willow... Creek District. The driving element is Syrah from the Perch Block at Stonethrower Vineyard, located just 10 miles from the ocean at an elevation of 1,350 feet. The Syrah component is rounded out by fruit from the Estrella Block at Stonethrower Vineyard and the Cold Shoulder Block at the Linne Calodo estate. The Grenache, Graciano and Carignan hail from a mix of blocks at Stonethrower, Linne Calodo and Oakdale vineyards. Native yeast fermentation. An extended whole-cluster fermentation of the Perch Block Syrah sets the tone, driving the wine with an earthy, savoury character. After fermentation, the various blocks were pressed to 228, 265 and 500-liter French oak barrels (20% new oak), where they underwent extended aging for 30 months prior to blending. Complete Linne Calodo treatment - no additional expense spared from winegrowing through winemaking, but differentiated as a Slacker blend with an emphasis on softer edges and immediate approachability.
£36 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £47.17 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Linne Calodo, In My Dreams, Paso Robles 1x75cl

VM97
Blend: 48% Grenache, 22% Tempranillo, 14% Carignan, 12% Graciano, 4% Tannat.
£69 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £86.75 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Linne Calodo, In My Dreams, Paso Robles 12x75cl

VM97
Blend: 48% Grenache, 22% Tempranillo, 14% Carignan, 12% Graciano, 4% Tannat.
£820 / Case£68.33 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,031.38 / Case, £85.95 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days