The 2008 Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha is 100% Garnacha sourced from up to 100 year sustainably farmed old vines grown near the village of Atea in the Calatayud growing region of Aragon, Spain. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks. The alcohol content is 14%.
Why Old Vines? There is an adage that says grapevines need to suffer to produce great wines. The best vines are grown on marginal, unirrigated soil. Old gnarled grapevines struggle naturally, they produce fewer grape clusters, so all the plants energy goes into a lower yield, but a more concentrated grape.
The color is a glistening strawberry jelly red. The nose is raspberry, tea, cinnamon spice and a little bit of mushroom. There is a nice combination of textures hitting your palate, smooth, fresh raspberries, then sharp Altoids spice, followed by herbal tea and black Twizzlers. The flavors reach out to all the areas of your mouth, there is a full drinking experience here. The finish is dominated by licorice and does not go away.
This is a rocking little bottle of 9 buck Garnacha, the label outside the bottle and the juice inside the bottle can easily be mistaken for $20 bottle of wine. Complex, tasty, well made and bargain priced, what else do you really need in a bottle of wine?