2010 Evodia Garnacha Calatayud

SKU #1081285 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Altovinum's 2010 Evodia is 100% Garnacha sourced from the highest elevation vineyards of Garnacha of any DO in Spain. It offers up a slightly exotic nose of earthy minerality, mocha, black cherry, and black raspberry. Savory, concentrated, and with a forward personality, this great value will deliver pleasure over the next 3-4 years.  (6/ 2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from vines that are reportedly up to 100 years of age; raised in concrete): Bright ruby. Raspberry and cherry on the intensely fragrant nose, with a smoky quality adding complexity. Fleshy, round red berry and spice flavors show impressive clarity and energy, especially for the price. Silky tannins add shape to the long, spicy, appealingly sweet finish. This is a great value.  (10/ 2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Floral and fresh smelling, with rosy notes, blueberry and nary any funk, leather or earth. Vibrant and juicy in the mouth, with boysenberry and plum flavors that set up a fruity, clean finish. Brighter, smoother and easier going than the 2009.  (11/ 2011)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/2/2012  | Send Email
Helllloooo fruity goodness! Plum and blackberry fruit, with a hint of spice- great medium palate weight and nice acid. A pleasant little quaffer on its own or great with hearty winter fare. At $8.99 a bottle, this is the perfect house red. Open bottle after bottle and don't feel guilty!

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 15