Bodega Irius Absum Tempranillo Merlot 2006
Medium lemon in color with delicate citrus, banana, mineral and raw almond aromas. In the mouth, the wine is lush and crisp, coating the entire palate with a creamy citrus wash that gently tumbles off the tongue and lingers through a long sensuous finish. The is a fabulous wine with bold and creamy peach and grapefruit flavors, literally dancing on the palate, while showing intermittent flavors of white flowers and lychee. I'm officially addicted!
50% Tempranillo, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah Dark inky red in color leading to a dense maroon red. On the nose, black cherries and black pepper immediately drift up from the glass, followed by subtle notes of charcoal, vanilla and nutmeg. In the mouth, the wine bone dry, soft and silky showing fine tannins, medium acidity and loads of vanilla. Actually, it reminds me a health shake I used to be in love with years ago, but thankfully, the flavors diminishes just enough to let the fruit show through. After awhile, this wine reminds me of cherry filled hard candy that starts delicate, but over time, becomes increasingly tart and sweet, not overwhelmingly, but enough to catch your attention. I'm hoping that time will relax both the vanilla and cherry flavors!
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