Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Value Garnacha Tasted 3/14

4. Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha Calatayud (2012)

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Average price: $8.99 from 4 stores
Noticeably herbal and medicinal on the nose though in a candied, sweet register with plenty of underlying raspberry fruit. There’s a lot of licorice here as well as notes of dried bay leaf and cracked black pepper. So smooth in the mouth you barely notice it at times. this is really fascinating on the tongue, it’s a bit chewy with moderately rich, dense fruit but so well balanced that it float across the palate. A touch tart, this is more about inner mouth perfumes than flavors per se. A bit indistinct if fresh blackberry fruit on the palate is joined by a bit of calcium and almost a salty edge before fading on the short, grapey and grape seed flavored finish. Incredibly easy to drink, just smooth and fresh with attractive perfumes but not a lot of depth of flavor. Stiil, what’s here is attractive and notably elegant in this company. 87pts
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