RKS Wine:  This Evodia is a Bit of a Mystery

A bit strange that this is a Spanish wine that is “elaborated and bottled” for Altovinum in Perpignan, France. And the label has no classification of what category of wine this is. It strikes me as a French hypermarché wine. The Liquor Board of Ontario Vintages catalogue states it is made by a Spanish co-operative but that marker does not appear on the label. One of life’s mysteries.

On the aromatic side of this 100% Grenache wine there is rich black cherry, cacao powder, kirsch and some brooding almost overripe strawberry. Laid back tannins make this an approachable sipper. Ripples of blackberry, red plum and a hint of black pepper. A perfect harmony of fruit and acids. Supermarket or not this is a very good wine which performs very well at its discount bin price.

Light enough to be sipped on the waterfront of Cannes or Marseille on a hot summer afternoon or if that is geographically challenging anywhere in the world where summer takes you. I often try and match a wine with food especially if it requires it. This wine is perhaps enjoyed on its own. Grenache is often more powerful but it could be that grapes grown at 2,400-3,000 feet on 100-year-old vines tame the wine and make it so amiable. An example how a wine can hide its 15% alcohol.

As summer will be arriving shortly in North America and Europe a good hot weather red wine due to its low tannic nature and its smoothness and its versatility for poultry, lamb, beef and grilled octopus. Great for entertaining with nibbles year-round. It will not improve in the bottle so best to consume by the end of the year.

(Evodia 2019 Grenache, Catalunya, Spain, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 23914, 15%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 91/100).

If you draw comfort from a Robert Parker rating he clocks in at 90.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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