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Linne Calodo: Contrarian 2006

December 13, 2007

2006 ~$40US, 68% Roussanne and 32% Viognier, Paso Robles, CA

Chalky minerality was the first impression –  followed by peach, floral notes, and almonds on the nose. Unfortunately spritzy, and not by design. A zingy entry (tiny bubbles), revealing a full-bodied, lush and soft wine in the mouth. Peach cobbler and peach nectar (the juice from the canned fruit coctail…) notes coming through very clear. Delicious with a sweet and long finish, but lacking in acidity to give it any backbone. Great flavors, but presented in a disappointing way – it didn’t pair particularly well with food. Not a rebuy, but I am curious to try more new and old-world Roussannes and Viogniers. Possibly too young at this point – perhaps the bubbles die down with cellaring?

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