Wine Advocate 97 points - Saturated ruby. Explosively perfumed scents of blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry, complicated by a seductive array of Asian spices, vanilla, mocha and fresh flowers. Palate-saturating dark berry flavors are almost shockingly elegant, with balancing minerality adding focus and lift. Fine-grained tannins make an attempt to assert themselves but are utterly absorbed by the sweet, dark fruit. Finishes with sweet, focused blackcurrant and cherry flavors and remarkable persistence. The balance of this wine is something else.
The 2005 Termanthia received the 200% new oak treatment where it remained for 20 months. Opaque purple, the wine offers up plenty of toast, scorched earth, truffle, mineral, and assorted black fruits. Tightly wound and very backward, this powerful effort appears to be balanced but will need a decade of cellaring to become approachable. Not as much of a gamble as the Numanthia, it will require much patience by those who purchase it. -RP
|Proprietary vineyard "Teso los Carriles” situated in Argujillo (Zamora).
Vineyard Size: 4.78 hectares (11.04 acres). Average altitude: 800 m. (2,625 ft). Geology: sandy
soil with a large deposit of fine gravel on the surface. Sub-soil: clay-limestone.
Age: planted with ungrafted vines in the second half of the 19th century.
Variety: Tinta de Toro (100%), pre-phylloxera (own rooted Vitis vinifera) and autochthonous.
Type of training: Head-trained in goblet. Vine Spacing: 3 x 3,5 m. (9.8 x 11.5 ft.).
Vines per hectare: 900 (365 per acre) Yield per hectare: 7.2 Hl. (76.92 gallons/acre).
amendments: Organic material
Harvest: Hand picked in boxes with rigorous selection of the fruit for optimum health and
|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.