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“The 2019 Evodia is pure Garnacha from old head-pruned vines in the Sierra Santa Cruz in Calatayud. It fermented with around 20% full clusters in concrete and matured mostly in concrete with just 20% of the blend put in used oak barrels for three months. There is a component that matured in concrete egg that I was able to taste separately that seems to bring a touch of freshness to the final blend, something welcomed in a warm year like 2019, which seems like a fresher version of 2017, when the wines achieved quite good ripeness. The nose opens up nicely in the glass and is quite aromatic and floral, exuberant, with a heady touch of ripe fruit. It's young and tasty, tender and pleasant to drink, with a forward personality. A real bargain. I hope there are more wines like this in Aragon, where the wealth of Garnacha vineyards would make it possible quite easily. 150,000 bottles produced. There are two batches per year. What I tasted had been bottled in February 2020, just a few days before I sampled it.”~L.G.
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Evodia is an exciting project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain's most progressive and promising wine growing regions. Calatayud is distinguished by its prevalence of high elevation vineyards planted to the Garnacha variety. In fact, it boasts the highest in the entire country. The vineyards surrounding the small town of Atea reach upwards of 3000 feet, which is the highest within the DO. It is here, in the vineyards of Atea, that Altovinum sources their Garnacha grapes for Evodia. In addition to the high elevation's remarkable climate, the property is comprised of pure schiste soils, known as pisara in the local area. Aficionados familiar with the wines of the Priorat and the Roussillon are well acquainted to this soil type and its extraordinary influence on the wines.
These vineyards were ferreted out by the amazingly talented Altovinum team: Yolanda Diaz, Jean Marc Lafage and Eric Solomon. Yolanda Diaz, a native of Calatayud, has an intimate knowledge of the DO and its terroir, so her relationships in the region are an invaluable asset to the project. The winemaking is placed in the capable hands of dynamic enologist, Jean Marc Lafage, who leading wine critic Robert Parker referred to as "irrepressible." Jean Marc consults on projects worldwide and owns one of the Roussillon's visionary wineries, Domaine Lafage. And finally, Eric Solomon, who through his import company, European Cellars, represents the finest Grenache producers in the world.