Monday, May 14, 2012

Evodia 2010 Old Vine Garnacha Calatayud

This Spanish wine comes from importer Eric Solomon, the same person who brought us the highly rated Las Rocas Garnacha several years ago. He has scored another direct hit with Evodia.

The wine is produced from old vine Garnacha (Grenache) grapes grown in the slate soils of the Calatayud region in Spain. As with most old vine wines, the vineyards produce less grapes with more concentrated flavors. The source is the highest elevated Garnacha vineyard in Spain.
Quite frankly, I was initially drawn in by the striking label. Upon further investigation, it seemed to be a cool Garnacha at a surprisingly low price.
The wine has pepper on the approach with medium body and noticeable tannins. Although black cherry plays a leading role, the overall impression is savory, with earth and mocha. This vino is a nice pairing with dark chocolate.
It’s a great value at less than $10 and an exotic choice for those whose red selections are usually limited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Get caught up in old vine Garnacha!
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Rating: 3 of 5   Value: 4 of 5
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