One of my favorite old-vine Grenache bottlings from Spain, with loads of pepper and a big, full, finish. This is a great alternative to old-vine Zinfandel or Australian Shiraz blends. I’m drinking this with a spicy pizza – and here’s the recipe!
- Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough
- Trader Joe’s Eggplant-Garlic spread
- 4-cheese Italian blend
- Portobello mushrooms, sliced
- Artichoke hearts, diced
- Kalamata olives, halved
Let the dough warm up at room temperature for about an hour. On a floured board, spread it out with your hands until it’s about 14″ diameter. Transfer to a pizza baking pan (non-stick, with perforations to let the steam). Put on a thin layer of sauce, several handfuls of cheese, and the toppings. Bake in a pre-heated 450º oven for about 25 minutes.
Evodia Garnacha (2010) Calatayud, Spain – $13
Color: lighter than you expect; just like old-vine Zin, this isn’t opaque but rather a dusky reddish-purple.
Aroma: black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, and dried fruit.
Taste: easy-drinking up front, then transitioning to a tougher, spicier, tannic profile the farther back it goes on the tongue. Plenty of spice notes, including some dried red pepper, and good acidity throughout. A great wine for spicy pizza.
Recommended. This is a great example of old-vine Grenache and deserves a place in your cellar. It’s best when it’s 3 to 7 years old.