Thursday, April 19, 2012

Altovinum Evodia, Garnacha $10

Calatayud region, Spain

This wine was brought to my attention during a recent wine tasting at a new neighborhood wine store. As wine reps were pouring their wines, this somewhat lonely bottle was set by the register, where guests were making purchases. Without knowing its price, I proceeded to try it and I was immediately intrigued. I therefore bought 2 bottles for home and this tasting is from home vs. the wine store, where my palate became worthless yet pleasantly happy.

With a warm leather aroma followed by bright berries and hints of slate, the wine gave off true characteristics of a Garnacha from Spain. I've been told, although Garnacha from Spain and Granache from France are the same varietal, each country's region where these grow are distinctly different from the varied growing conditions. I guess you could say they've each established their own personalities.

The flavor profile brought out fruit forward, dark cherries with subtle hints of cocoa. Blackberries and dark ripe stone fruits fulfilled the predominate flavors as well. I'd say this is a medium body wine with smooth tannins. Very easy to drink yet not lacking character.

As a side note if you're into these French wines; Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhône, Grenache is the primary varietal in theses. Of course that can adjust from year to year.

So for $9.99, I think this is a great find. If you're in Orlando,FL where I bought this, check out Czerwinski's Wine & Cheese shop in the Delagio shopping center. Very nice people!

1 comment:

  1. Love this wine. Great QPR, my to go wine at home. Glad you discovered it as well! Cheers!


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