Winemaker Matt Trevisan swore he would never make a white wine. Contrary to that, the summer heat of Paso Robles begged him for a refreshing wine to consume during the day. Our white blend was born in 2002 and from there evolved to an interesting blend utilizing Estate grenache blanc and picpoul blanc.
70% Grenache blanc, 30% Picpoul blanc
The 2014 vintage begs for summer afternoons with notes of green apples, pears and lemon zest. Comprised of Estate Grenache Blanc and Estate Picpoul Blanc, these stellar varietals work together to create a balanced, refreshing and quaffable wine. With summer just around the corner and mild spring temperatures here in Paso Robles, we want to take advantage of this shipping window to offer you 2014 Contrarian.
Release Date: Spring 2015 - SOLD OUT
57% Grenache blanc, 20% Picpoul blanc, 14% Viognier, 9% Roussanne
57% Grenache blanc, 27% Picpoul blanc, 16% Viognier
Contrary to popular belief, Linne Calodo produces a crisp, multidimensional white wine. Grenache blanc lends a rich mouth feel, picpoul blanc offers acidity and viognier rounds the blend out with notes of honeysuckle.
70% Grenache blanc, 30% Picpoul blanc
Dominated by Grenache Blanc, lending a full mouth feel and herbacesiousness to a blend, then complemented by Picpoul Blanc, offering a bit of lemon zest. Contrarian pairs well with herb roasted chicken or seared seafood with butter-based sauces.
68% Grenache blanc, 17% Picpoul blanc, 15% Viognier
Contrarian is a great summer wine, perfect for your deck during the late afternoon. The grenache blanc brings hints of citrus fruits; grapefruits, lemon wedge dominate. The addition of picpoul blanc adds a zesty twist of lime. The viognier lends a balanced combination of peaches and pineapples on the nose and palate rounding it out with a creamy vanilla finish. Together, these varietals in this unfined and unfiltered blend create a savory blend ready to drink now or through 2016.
62% Viognier, 18% Roussanne, 12% Grenache blanc, 8% Picpoul blanc
Tangy, rich, floral. The 2009 Contrarian smells like spring flowers and fruits: apple blossom and honeysuckle, lychee nut and white peach all mingle with hints of flint and slate, macadamias and cashews. Upon tasting, the most endearing characteristic is its mouth-coating, creamy, glycerin-like texture. Flavors of green apple and lemon pound cake jump out front and are complimented by a finish that once again showcases a limestone minerality and honeyed nuttiness. With crisp acidity and medium body, this wine promises to hold its own as a glass by itself but would be complemented by acidic cheeses (goat's milk!), stone fruits or fresh shellfish.
68% Roussanne, 32% Viognier
The grapes were destemmed and then skin soaked for 24 hours. Pressed in two ton basket presses directly into barrel, the wine undergoes 100% malolactic conversion and is stirred on lees in 100% neutral oak casks. Blended two months prior to bottling, I think you will find this wine is ready to consume now or you can lay it down for a couple years.
64% Roussanne, 36% Viognier
This wine has a great minerality and tannin structure from a brief 24 hour skin soak. Pressed in two ton basket presses and fermented in neutral French oak barrels. The wine retains its heritage with the soils and climate of the west side of Paso Robles. The roussanne and viognier were blended three months prior to bottling for completion of malolactic fermentation and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
62% Roussanne, 38% Viognier
If you only like red wines, this is the white wine for you. 62% roussanne (one of the great Rhône varietals), 38% viognier (the other great Rhône varietal). There are other great varietals, but not in this wine. Aromas of honey dew melon, hints of anise and the mouth texture of a red wine. What more could you ask for?