2014 Bodegas Iranzo Vertus Tempranillo Crianza Premium Spanish Organic Wine
Score: 89/100 Points
Vertvs Ciranza by Bodegas Iranzo is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes grown organically on the FINCA CAÑADA HONDA estate around the Utiel-Requena appellation area in North-Eastern Spain.
Vertus Ciranza is made from USDA National Organic Program Certified Grapes (ECOCERT) and comes under the Valencia D.O. appellation of origin.
Vertvs is distributed in the US by Natural Merchants Inc.
Overall Tasting Notes & Impressions
With a sustained red color filled with touches of orange hues, and a bit of a hazy appearance, this Spanish Tempranillo shines with vibrant aromas of orange blossom and orange peel, intense raspberry notes and a minty/black pepper, like pepper mint spiciness to the nose.
Tannins are soft mellowed by a round and smooth body. This is a dry red bursting with intense citrusy notes of grapefruit and lemon, but also a big burst of sweet spices and vanilla from what tastes like a solid ageing in used barrels, possibly under the strong influence of American oak.
Flavors are intense and explode on the palate with intent and intensity, although the wine always feels smooth enjoyably caressing your taste buds. The tannins do acquire a bit of a velvety granulous edge towards the finish giving it character and a salivating savory feel.
A well made Spanish wine, infused with the powerful and characterful character of Tempranillo aged in oak and with some evolution. A heap of complex fruit characters and lifted by deep and rather complex notes of vanilla, clove, pepper and other spices, all combining into a long-lasting and punchy tasting experience like we like and somewhat expect from an oak-aged Spanish Tempranillo.
Pair with rich and flavorsome meat dishes, barbecue, spiced up tapas, chorizo sausage, salads and herbal Mediterranean meals.