2009 Linne Calodo "Cherry Red" Paso Robles Proprietary Red (Previously $70)

SKU #1178048 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Cherry Red is another Zinfandel-based blend that shows the more feminine side of the grape in its soft, delicate expression of red raspberries, cherries, licorice and flowers. The intensity of the fruit builds nicely toward the multi-dimensional, textured finish. This is a fabulous wine from Matt Trevisan. The blend is 62% Zinfandel (Cherry Vineyard), 20% Mourvedre (Booker Vineyard) and 18% Syrah (Denner and Lock Vineyards). (AG)  (8/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Lively and precise on the nose, displaying scents of redcurrant, cherry, tobacco and dried rose; smells a lot like a cabernet to me. Juicy and focused, with very good depth and sweetness to its red fruit flavors. Shows a refreshingly bitter quality on the finish, which lingers with impressive vibrancy and length. (JR)  (11/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A big, jammy red that retains a sense of focus and style. Smoky plum aromas lead to rich, supple flavors of ripe cherry, blueberry and spicy licorice. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre and Syrah. (TF)  (6/2012)

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.