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100% Garnacha from Calatayud, Spain.
SRP of $9.99 and available for as low as $7.99.
From the bottle:
“who: a custom cuvee for Eric Solomon
what: 100% garnacha
when: vineyards planted up to 100 years ago
where: high altitude vineyards (2400-3000ft) in the mountainous village of Atea planted on pure slate soils
why: grenache this great usually goes for twice the price!
how: extract cork, pour in glass (optional), drink
The 2009 vintage of this wine was a Reverse Wine Snob favorite for quite awhile, making multipleTop 10 lists. It has long been one of my favorite wines to introduce to people who think wine under $10 can’t be good. So I felt a little bit of trepidation as I prepared to try the 2010 vintage. Could it live up to the high standards it has set for itself? As it turns out, it not only lived up to those standards, but exceeded them as well.
The 2010 Altovinum Calatayud Evodia Old Vines Garnacha begins with a really enticing aroma of black cherry cola, licorice and a little pepper. Tasting the wine reveals savory flavors of juicy blackberry, blueberry and raspberry combined with a fantastic smooth mouthfeel. Wonderful spicy pepper notes come to the front on the dry finish. Definitely give this one some time to breathe, as it improves exponentially with a little time in the glass. This is an eminently drinkable wine that you can afford to drink every day!