Overthinker Vintage Notes
What was I thinking when I named this wine? To overthink things, paralysis through analysis, or a thorough study of the quest and its surroundings. Either way, the Overthinker represents my personal diary of making wines from the ground up. The pleasure of planting vines, patiently waiting for maturity and documenting my yearly fermentations in a vintage-by-vintage bottling of the Overthinker. There is no other wine in my library that says where I’ve been and where I’m going.
51% Syrah, 39% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre
The original estate blend, Overthinker pulls from the very first planting on the estate of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre in 2005. These dry-farmed vines have deep roots that produce dense little berries packed with flavor and structure. The wine is incredibly powerful, and yet unimaginably smooth for its young age. An iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove. When you breathe in the wine you are transported to the chalky granite and limestone cliffs dotted with oaks and redwood found throughout California. The fruit is rich and full, black raspberry, dates, blood orange, there is a new note to discover each time you return to the glass. Sweet pipe tobacco, cigar box, and clove hint at the Syrah and the new French oak in which it aged. A long and seemingly never ending finish revisits each of these notes with a firm tannin sweeping across your tongue. This wine is at the start of its life, and yet it already stuns with its density, complexity and perfect silky texture. Drink now through 2038.
Suggested pairings: Cassoulet, duck, venison, winter greens, Valençay goat cheese
52% Greanche, 27% Syrah, 9% Carignan, 7% Mourvedre, 5% Graciano
Still just a baby, right now. The Overthinker vintages catalog our estate plantings into a liquid photo journal of each year that we grow and produce wine from our estate. Originally started with the 2007 vintage and with ten years of production, we are just hitting our stride. The wine shows great balance and a tannin structure that gently coats the mouth leaving it watering for more. The blend for Overthinker changes slightly over the years, but the goal remains the same: grow and produce the best wine possible. You will not find another wine with as much passion as this wine delivers. Drink now through 2035.
41% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan
Living the dream. Born from estate plantings of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, this is a wine constantly evolving as the vines get older and new ideas form. This wine is so special to me because it is like wearing my heart on my sleeve. I can only be as good as the fruit that I raise and the wine reassures me that I’m doing a great job. The wine is reflective of its Willow Creek District origins and retains a purity that tells the story of Linne Calodo. Dark fruits dominate the nose and palate with mild notes of forest floor, wild brush and roasted meats. Age for 17 months in French Oak Foudre, cellared for 1 year in bottle prior to release. This wine is a beauty, drink now or thru 2028.
47% Grenache, 32% Mourvèdre, 14% Syrah, 7% Carignan
What was I thinking when I named this wine? To overthink things, paralysis through analysis, or a thorough study of the quest and its surroundings. The 2015 is fabulous, an elegant vintage that is aromatically stunning with layers of peach blossom, lavender and cedar box. Quenching on the palate, lush blackberries dance amongst vanilla bean and soft tobacco flavor. Bottle-aged here on site at Linne Calodo for the last year for your enjoyment now.
62% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre
Our original Estate blend, the fruit for Overthinker comes from our first plantings on the Linne Calodo Estate in 2005. These south- and east-facing blocks of Syrah and Grenache are named after my daughter Roxie, who was born the year they were planted. The Roxie blocks are kept warmer and protected from frost by the surrounding oaks, leading to a deeper and darker expression of Grenache than seen in Sticks and Stones. Dried cherries, violets, and star anise play into this stimulating blend. Drink now through 2024
57% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 14% Mourvèdre
Complexity may lead to overthinking. Upfront fruit on the nose and palate. Raspberry sherbet, plums, quince. Cinnamon, star anise. Wild sage with an iron richness. Migratory flavors. Lively Tannins. Healthy acidity. Vanillin carrying through in the finish. Aged in a 3000 liter French oak foudre and a 2000 liter concrete tank. Drink now through 2023.
57% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 11% Mourvèdre
This wine is just getting better and better. From the rocks and soil that each vine is grown in, to the rain, fog, sun and wind that mark the vintage. The Overthinker is my life’s story, the roots are getting deeper, flavors are mind-tingling and the wine is just great. The grapes were fermented in concrete, oak and open top tanks. Bottle-aged one year before release. Ages up to eight years.
45% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 22% Mourvèdre
Planting my own vineyards has been one of the best experiences in my life. My respect for farming, winemaking and Mother Nature will never be same. 100% Estate, aged in a mix of concrete and 500L casks. This wine is a liquid photograph of my experiences. Take my best vineyard blocks of grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre and let them tell the story. Naturally higher in tannin, I age the wine for one extra year in bottle. Simply amazing! This wine is drinking great now, but can also cellar for 10 years.
42% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 23% Mourvèdre
How do you farm? Work, work, work, learn, learn, learn. As apprehensive as I can be to start new projects, I constantly find that putting one foot in front of the other will create progress. The vines are youthful, planted in 2005 as one-year-old dormants from the nursery. Starting in 2007, I began to track my farming education with this wine, a.k.a. Overthinker (tells me where I am going, and what I will change). I would never say that I was born with a green thumb, but instead with an insatiable desire to learn. Grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, 100% Linne Calodo Estate, concrete fermented, partially co-fermented, co-pressed directly into barrel, blended in Spring 2011, stored in large 500L barrels. Bottled in April of 2012. Bright and texturally significant. Raspberries, liquorice and campfire jump to mind. Bold and seductive. As these roots sink deeper and deeper the wine follows in trail. Drink now thru 2020.
45% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 22% Mourvèdre
The Estate – An elegant blend that shows the passion of planting and nurturing vines for the grand prize of a product that more and more reflects who you are. A dark and lively wine with a texture of violet petals and hints of blackberry, toast and orange zest. Big and bold yet extremely refined, this is LC to the next level. Bottle aged for one year in the LC cellar. Ready to drink now or over the next 7 years.
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre
Hailing from the west side of Paso Robles: an overachiever on some fronts and an underachiever on many more, is the unstoppable Overthinker. The 2008 Overthinker is a crowd pleaser, from its first days sleeping silently in its French oak crib, to its clear and present champion status in the ring. Estate born, proprietor labeled, and a true expression of craftsmanship and playfulness.
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvèdre
We have come full circle! In 2005 I planted the Estate Vineyard with one-year-old vines. In 2007, we harvested our first tiny crop of syrah, grenache, and mourvèdre. The fruit is magnificently flavored, dark, complicated, and brightly structured. So, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the OVERTHINKER, comprised of 50% syrah, 40% grenache and 10% mourvèdre. This wine was made with passion, starting with each vine being cared for like a child. The Estate fruit was hand-harvested by everyone who works here at Linne Calodo: the always funny Mark Wiberg, the creative supernova Whitney Geer, the spunky and multi-talented Roseanne Rianda, and the Trevisan Clan. This self-titled debut represents everything that life has to offer in one glass and I must warn you, this is not your ordinary Linne Calodo! OVERTHINKER is a tight, yet balanced cornucopia of flavors with a modest dose of French oak. Drinking this wine is a bit like being out of control on a ski slope only to find that you have reached the bottom still standing, body intact. Hold on, it’s only going to get better from here.