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Evodia Old Vine Grenache 2012

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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).

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Editorial Reviews for Evodia Old Vine Grenache

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,918
3.50 5
03/21/2014

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


Member Reviews for Evodia Old Vine Grenache

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,918
4.40 5
03/21/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: robalcoh
137224238
3.50 5
09/23/2013

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.


Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,500
3.00 5
11/20/2013

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


Snooth User: RandyFisher
1073394570
3.00 5
02/10/2014

Nice granacha at a great price.


Snooth User: Pickit4flavor
1377361229
3.50 5
03/14/2014

Very good garnacha, surprisingly fruity, while not overly sweet.


Snooth User: scandihoovian
3290068
0.00 5
12/08/2013

Paired really well with turkey. Nice fruitiness, lighter body but luscious


External Reviews for Evodia Old Vine Grenache

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/22/2013

This wine has been my absolute favorite under-$10 red every year since we started carrying it. Medium- to light-bodied, low acidity, low tannin, lush fruit and well-balanced spice — it’s the kind of wine just about anyone can enjoy. Food pairing: pasta, poultry, seafood, spicy foods Flavor type: fruit-forward Body type: light-medium Finish: rich


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/22/2014

This wine has been my absolute favorite under-$10 red every year since we started carrying it. Medium- to light-bodied, low acidity, low tannin, lush fruit and well-balanced spice — it’s the kind of wine just about anyone can enjoy.


External Review
10/04/2012

This 100% Garnacha offers a lovely perfume of spice box, mineral, and wild cherry. This perfectly balanced mix of flavors lends itself to an intensely fruity wine with loads of taste, a smooth texture, and a pure, fruit-filled finish. Pairs well with white and red meats roasted or grilled, big game, meat casseroles and stews, complex sauces, foie gras and legumes or blue and cured cheeses. 90 pts. Wine Advocate European Cellars Website


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/20/2014

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.


External Review
07/16/2013

Evodia Garnacha


External Review
02/14/2014

(100% garnacha; no oak): Vivid purple. Powerful aromas of blueberry, blackberry, woodsmoke and Indian spices. Displays supple, open-knit flavors of smoky dark berries, bitter chocolate and candied flowers. Seductive right now, with a sweet floral pastille element carrying through a long, smoky, tannin-free finish. An amazing value. 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.



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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).

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