Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes 2013
Woody aromas of maple and raw oak shroud core berry aromas. This wine is edgy on the palate, with tomatoey acidity and choppy tannins. Flavors of plum and tomato come with vanilla and oak accents. It hollows out on the finish, leaving rubbery tannins. Drink through 2020. - WE90
A fresh and spicy red with ripe-blackberry, violet and eucalyptus undertones. Full body, ripe yet firm tannins and a long, mineral and dark-chocolate finish. Needs some time still to soften.- JS93
Tarry and sanguine notes give an austere character to this firm red, but there's a core of plum and blackberry flavors, along with licorice and mineral notes, and the muscular tannins and balsamic acidity are rugged but balanced. Best from 2019 through 2029.- WS90
The 2013 Termes, from a slow ripening, cold and wet vintage, is pure Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo) from a number of 30- to 50-year-old vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas, Morales de Toro, Toro, Venialbo and El Pego at an average of 700 meters altitude on sandy and stony soils. The destemmed grapes underwent a cold soak before fermenting and a post-fermentative maceration of 21 days. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 14 months with rackings every four months. The vintage provided conditions for fresher wines, and this Termes, harvested from October, has good acidity and a lively palate, showcasing the vintage. The nose has nicely integrated oak and a core of red and black fruit, quite harmonious. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins and moderate acidity, but with a sense of freshness. There was less Numanthia produced in 2013, so part of the grapes that usually go to Numanthia is in this Termes.- WA90
Bright ruby color with violet glints. Slow and medium-sized tears. Fresh and young on the nose with fruit notes of strawberries andwhite flowers. The aromas of aging, the spices and the dulce de leche perfectly combine with the fresh rosemary and wild mint notes. After a very round entry on the palate, the wine expresses all its intensity, power and harmony. The sensations on the palate are fresh and vibrant with fruit and aromatic herb notes and a long finish. - Wine Maker's notes
Numanthia is located in the Toro region of Spain. Its four vineyards are located along the south bank of the Duero River. The wine is named after a legendary Spanish city that was destroyed (after 20 yrs of resistance) by Roman legions. It is to Spain what the hilltop village of Masada is to Israel: a monument of history. Its 40 hectares of land are cove96 with an abundance of elements derived from the disintegration of Pliocene grit, clay and limestone.
Numanthia's first vintage was produced in 1998 and received a 95-point rating from Robert Parker. Since then, the Toro region has been producing wines that have begun to rival those of Spain's richest wine-producing regions of Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Priorat.