2008 Altovinum Evodia Grenache

While dining at the Alba Restaurant, I was faced with a difficult wine choice. The meals ranged from fish to pasta dishes, with the promise of some fairly interesting and intense flavors. While a white wine like a Pinot Gris might have worked, a Cabernet would have been too tannic to work with some of the dishes. I decided to try an old vine garnacha from Spain. The bottle was a 2008 Altovinum Evodia. It was a great and surprising wine. The Grenache vines that go into making this wine are from higher elevations of the Calatayud, Spain region and are grown on old vines that have largely been ignored by winemakers until recently. The wine has some complexity that normally is associated with oaking, but apparently, this wine spends no time in oak barrels. What the wine also offers is some minerality and earthiness on the front end with a very nice fruit aroma and flavor on the back end. It was a fabulous wine, and is not expensive.

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