Wine Spectator 92 points - The mid-level 2006 Numanthia is a deeper color than both vintages of Termes. It displays a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, Asian spices, violets, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. Dense, rich, powerful, and incipiently complex, it merits 5-7 years of additional bottle age and will offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2026.
Firm tannins frame black cherry, mineral, licorice and herbal notes in this chewy red. Well-proportioned, with lively acidity and a lovely floral finish. Tannic now, but the fruit should emerge with age. Best from 2011 through 2017. 20,000 cases imported. –TM (Jun 15 2009)
The Numanthia estate was named in tribute to the town of Numancia. The estate lies among hills sculpted by the River Duero in North-Western Spain. The climate is extreme with hot, dry summers and cold winters. Numanthia's first vineyards were planted in 1880, and today the estate continues to pioneer the rebirth of resilient Toro's wines. Numanthia believes that great wine is about balance that starts in the vineyard. Its dream is the quest towards excellence, from the vineyards to the bottle. Manuel Louzda, the chief winemaker, works closely with the vineyard manager to bring the vines to their peak at harvest and coordinates the whole process, like a conductor of the orchestra, making sure that each instrument plays its part of the melody.
Toro's timeless essence revealed by the winemaker's craft, Termanthia is a handmade pleasure. The grapes are picked manually from the vines of a single parcel over 120 years old and then crushed by foot. Aged twice in new French oak barrels, Termanthia displays a mouth feel of velvet elegance with perfectly integrated tannins that point to its longevity and timeless appeal.
|Fermentation in barrell. Aged in 20% new oak for 20 months. The wine is not fined or filtered.
Vineyard Elevation 800 meters above sea level.
|Red meats, sirloin steak, filet mignon
|The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthia was founded in 1998 by the Eguren familly, native of Rioja, in order to create the best wine of the Toro appellation.