On the suggestion of the knowledgable employee at one of my favorite wine stores, I bought a bottle of 2010 Altovinum Evodia to fill out my 6 pack so I could get the 10% discount. What a score at only $7.99 a bottle! I went back the next day and bought 6 more bottles.
This wine is made of 100% old vine garnacha (grenache) in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud region of Spain. Calatayud is known for having the highest elevation vineyards in Spain and schiste soil which is known for bringing unique characteristics to the wine.
Tasting notes: ripe dark berries – blueberry, blackberry, mocha, licorice, earthy minerals, spicy with some smoke. Nice medium to full body, good tannin balance and a very long finish.
So let this be a lesson for us all. Hopefully the only people you’ll find working at your wine store are people who have a passion for their job (if not, walk away) and whose advice you can confidently take. If the store is worth anything, the employees will have a good knowledge of the inventory and have tasted most if not all the wines on the shelves. I know the day I open the doors of my wine shop, you can be assured everyone working there will know the wines and love their job (and hopefully their boss).