I’ll admit it, I didn’t take the hurricane warnings super seriously. Of course I stocked up on cat food, smart water and soy candles, but I didn’t make a specific trip to my favourite wine shop to load up. Once the winds kicked in and the rain started coming down in proverbial buckets, I craved a bold spicy red so I grabbed a bottle of Evodia Old Vines Garnacha 2009. I like to keep this in my bar, it’s versatile and I don’t feel bad when my mother is over and slugs the entire bottle down. I had originally picked this up due to the entertaining label on the side of the bottle. I thought the who/what/where/when/why was a fun concept. I admired the fact that it told me a glass was “optional”. Its a 100% Garnacha Cuvée from the village of Atea in Spain. In fact, it’s a “custom cuvee” for internationally recognized wine importer Eric Solomon.
Dark purple with ruby highlights, aromas of wildflowers mingled with fresh blueberries. Plush blackberry and cherry flavors crammed the medium to full body, although not on the sweet side of fruity. The emphasis is really on the spiciness, lots of bold crushed black peppercorn. There’s enough berry juiciness and soft tannins to round out the flavor and add balance. It’s a wonderful, straightfoward wine great on its own or with spicy dishes. I’ll supplement my comments with the fact that every time I buy this wine, either the sommelier type person or the checkout person will inevitably tell me what a phenomenal deal this bottle is, and how other customers have been raving about it.
Elaborated and Bottled by R.E. 50/42811-Atea-Espana
Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha 2011
Delightfully very much the same as the 2009 vintage, with the addition of a fresh, herbaceous anise element. Just as bold and spicy, with lovely bright fruit flavours in the medium to full body and traces of smoke on the lengthy finish. In spite of its 15% alcohol, its easy drinking and a downright fantastic value overall.
Enjoy now thru 2015