Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: **** $ Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain, 2010 - BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Evodia .

By way of background, opening thoughts: Today we have a pure grenache (garnaca) from Spain, made from high-altitude old vines up to a century old, selected by Eric Solomon and made available at a bargain price point. 

Original tasting and review, February, 2012: This is Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain, 2010, finished at a whopping 15.% alcohol.

In the glass: Dark blood red, opaque from about three-quarters of an inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows bold, potent, perfumed purple flowers with pepper highlights.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and bright at the same time.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, deep, ripe fruit on the palate, luscious in fact.  Blackberry and violet.  A distinct wild, white pepper note floods your cheeks.  Clean finish, although not lengthy. 

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  At its bargain price point, this is a crazy, awesome, ridiculous best value. 

Updated, almost two years later, December, 2013:  Consistent color.  The nose has moved to more red and purple spice.  Very consistent, distinctive perfumed flavor.

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