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2016 Altovinum Evodia Garnacha Calatayud

SKU #1372147 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another project between Eric Solomon and the Roussillon’s Jean-Marc Lafage, the 2016 Evodia comes from higher elevation vineyards and is mostly Garnacha (there’s 5% Syrah) aged in a mix of tank and demi-muids. This deep ruby/purple colored is a gorgeous, naked expression of Grenache that just knocks it out of the park. Blackberries, blueberries, pepper, licorice and hints of asphalt all emerge from this plump, sexy, opulent, and shockingly concentrated wine that has incredible charm and character. It’s the best 10-dollar bottle of wine I've tasted in years.  (2/2018)

Wine Spectator

 This fresh red offers snappy black cherry and red plum flavors, with leafy and black olive notes, focused and lively. Crisp acidity and light tannins provide a light but energetic structure. (TM)  (10/2018)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2018 | Send Email
Garnacha is often times cited by winemakers and other industry professionals for its similarity to Pinot Noir, for its ability to take on a variety of flavor profiles depending upon where it is planted, when it is picked, how it is vinified and aged, and so on. At its core, though, Garnacha tends to make fresh, light to medium bodied reds that are incredibly food friendly. At the high end, you have something transcendent like Chateau Rayas - by many accounts a top quality Grand Cru Burg like experience (and often better). At the value end, though Garnacha wins over PN, hands down, 6-0 6-0. If it were little league baseball we would need the slaughter rule. Juicy, fresh, generously fruited wine like Evodia is a perfect example of how good it gets, for very little money spent, with this grape variety.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2018 | Send Email
Evodia is exactly the kind of wine I like to have a case of laying around. It's absurdly cheap for a high quality wine that just about anyone will enjoy. It's the bottle I break out for an unplanned evening of revelry, a quick last minute host gift (no one will know what you paid for it, but they'll love it!) or just a quiet evening at home when I want a glass of something good without having to stop and think about it. It's juicy, fruity and dangerously delicious.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2018 | Send Email
A new cheap and cheerful Grenache from Spain? Absolutely. Capturing all the juicy red and black fruit from Spanish grenache, it evokes flavors of mixed berry jam, cracked pepper, fresh cut laurel and a touch of graphite. The sweet and supple palate makes this my favorite new Taco Tuesday wine!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2018 | Send Email
The nose is full of a powerfully ripe blackberry, currant jam mix that is highlighted by some earthy, leathery, tarry scents. On the palate the wine has breadth; depth and those jammy, tarry aromas carry on into flavors. Texturally the wine is supple, soft and luscious and makes a bold statement in your mouth. If you like spicy BBQ ribs this might just be your wine.

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- 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.


- 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 (%): 14