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Evodia Garnacha 2012
EVODIA is an exciting new project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain’s most progressive and promising wine growing regions. Calatayud is distinguished by its prevalence of high elevation vineyards planted to the Garnacha variety – in fact, the highest in the entire country. The vineyards surrounding the small town of Atea reach upwards of 3000 feet – the highest within the DO. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for EVODIA. In addition to the remarkable climate due to elevation, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines. These vineyards were ferreted out by the amazingly talented team behind Altovinum - Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Yolanda Diaz, a native of Calatayud, has an intimate knowledge of the DO and its terroir – her relationships in the region are an invaluable asset to the project. The winemaking is placed in the capable hands of dynamic enologist, Jean Marc Lafage – a man Robert Parker called “irrepressible.” Jean Marc consults on projects worldwide and owns one of the Roussillon’s visionary wineries, Domaine Lafage. And finally, Eric Solomon, a self appointed Grenache practitioner – through his import company, European Cellars, he represents the finest Grenache producers in the world including the Chateauneuf-du-Papes from Domaine de la Janasse and Domain du Marcoux as well as in the Priorat, including Clos Erasmus (which he co-owns with his wife, Daphne Glorian).
Very light, airy red with almost no tannic qualities. Sweet and fruity notes of blackberry and cherry. There is an initial hint of smokey oak that becomes stronger and more earthy in the aftertaste. This is not a wine for those who prefer a robust red. It would be well suited to a pre-dinner role paired with something like a salad, a plate of mild cheese & fruit, or a fresh tomato & basil bruschetta.
The outward appearance of the bottle being a silvery blue attracted me to this wine. Very dark on the scale of the word red. It's aroma is one of a spicy nature. The initial taste explodes on the upper palate and stays there for some time. Blackberry, raspberry, earth and spice. The finish is long and the upper palate still savors it's deep richness. Quite pleasing
External Reviews for Evodia Garnacha
An Eric Solomon custom cuvee, the 2012 Evodia is 100% Grenache from a vineyard planted at more than 2,000 feet in pure decomposed slate soils. Some of the Grenache vines are over 100 years of age. The wine exhibits good density, plenty of richness, not the complexity or ethereal qualities of several of his other custom cuvees, but beautiful fruit, a luscious texture and a hedonistic mouthfeel as well as finish. Enjoy this remarkable value over the next 2–3 years.