Monday, January 17, 2011

Evodia, 2009

The 2009 Evodia is a young red wine made from 100% Garnacha grapes from Spain’s promising wine growing region of Calatayud. This region is distinguished by its prevalence of high elevation vineyards planted with the Garnacha grape in dry, slatey soil. This wine, made from old vines, is imported by Eric Solomon and represents another nice value wine from an up-coming Spanish DO. In the glass this wine has a dark ruby color with nice clarity. There are expressive aromas of fresh raspberry, blackberry leafs and minerals. This is a medium bodied wine that is quite fruit-forward with red cherry, raspberry and strawberry complimented by wet stone and white pepper. There are smooth tannins and racy acidity that complete the profile. This wine is tank-aged without the use of oak and is easy to enjoy with any casual dinner. We enjoyed this Spanish Garnacha with Pulled Pork Sandwiches with my homemade Mustard BBQ Sauce. This wine can be found at Pete’s Wine shop, in Bellevue, for about $11.