Archive for the ‘grenache’ Category

2009 Altovinum Evodia

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I’ve seen this wine around in a few stores, and I think I even bought a bottle a year or so ago. I got this one from Whole Foods for $8 or $9 a few weeks ago. It’s 100% grenache from Spain and comes in a bottle with a very modern, design-y label. One other thing to note is that the wine is a somewhat high 15% alcohol by volume.

The Evodia is rather full-bodied and jammy for a grenache, though the nose is light and floral like most other grenaches I’ve had. Perhaps owing to the high alcohol content, it’s fairly dry and astringent. There’s definitely some blackberry, cherry, and plum, with a little pepper and even a hint of vanilla on the finish. It’s not the most complex wine ever, and probably wouldn’t improve that much with age, but it’s a pleasant and approachable wine that’s great on its own or with strongly flavored foods like pizza or tapas. 86 points.


Vintjs Garnacha 2008

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I’m not quite sure how you’re supposed to pronounce Vintjs, but I was curious to try this wine since I haven’t seen much garnacha (grenache) at bargain prices ($6 from Trader Joes in this case). This wine is actually a blend of grenache, cabernet sauvigon, syrah, and merlot, but at 80% grenache I won’t begrudge the labeling.

Most Spanish reds I’ve had were primarily tempranillo, which probably says more about my exposure to Spanish wine than anything. This reminds me strongly of some Côtes du Rhônes I’ve had, which isn’t that surprising since many of those wines are primarily grenache as well. The Vintjs is light to medium bodied with notes of blackberry and plum, with a bit of pepper on the finish. It’s an approachable, easy-to-drink wine that still has character, and it should pair well with a wide variety of dishes from roast chicken to grilled lamb. 89 points.