This sexy Garnacha (Grenache if it’s grown 200 miles to the North in France) is from Calatayud, the highest Garnacha vineyards in Spain. Here the loose, rocky and high-in-lime-content soil enables the grapevine to easily obtain water and other nutrients. Plus, messed-up rocky soil means the grapes are challenged and “suffer”, which means you get less of them but the ones you do get are highly-concentrated. Make wine with them and whoa – the quality is off the charts!
Importer Eric Solomon knows all about that. He’s been bringing this kind of stuff to market since 1989. Stuff like Celler Cal Pla, Ercavio, Castano and this gorgeous creature: Evodia.
First of all very cool label, and I love the back – it has the following instructions: “extract cork, pour in glass (optional), drink“. Awesome! Evodia’s like a very exotic Spanish girl that smells delicious. You know girls that just smell like they taste good? Yeah, that’s Evodia. She has a great full body. Her perfume is roses and black cherry, and she’s making you one of her blueberry mochas.
Blueberry freaking mocha! Of course you *have* to taste her now. And it’s just as you imagined – she is silky, juicy and savory – just as you would expect from an exotic Spanish chick. She’s also spicy and a little peppery, and her kiss leaves you with just a touch of sweetness. She’s silkier and much more easy-going than her sister (the 2008 we reviewed here).