You will struggle to find a wine region that produces wines as dense, potent and hedonistic as those of Toro. Produced from Tinta de Toro, a smaller-berried clone of Tempranillo offering…

You will struggle to find a wine region that produces wines as dense, potent and hedonistic as those of Toro. Produced from Tinta de Toro, a smaller-berried clone of Tempranillo offering greater concentration in the arid northern regions of Spain, it often shows more Cabernet-like tannins than Ribera del Duero or Rioja. The hot summers, icy winters and old vines all contribute to making these massively tannic, yet suave wines that still hold elegance and freshness.

Wine Cellar first imported Numanthia wines in the early 2000s when Robert Parker put Toro on the map. Now owned by LVMH, it is one of Spain’s best producers. The luxurious wines aged beautifully and we are proud to be offering them once again.

The Numanthia 2012 was No. 84 on Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 Top 100 list and scored 95 points. It is produced from 50 – 120-year-old, extremely low-yielding bush vines that survived the phylloxera outbreak at the beginning of the last century. Raised in new oak, it’s a very serious wine that will age for many decades.

The Termes 2014 is a more vibrant, slightly softer expression of Toro from the ‘younger vines’ which, in Toro, means less than 50 years old. It is a freakishly delicious wine with ripe, yet dry tannins balanced by masses of fruit. We frankly cannot think of a better partner for your steaks this winter.

Tasting Notes:

Numanthia, Numanthia 2012 – R 795
Deep, dense and pure from the opening bell, this Toro is a winner. Aromas of dark ripe black fruits are cool and moderately oaked. This feels massive on the palate but sensationally balanced. Flavours of blackberry, coffee, mocha and toasty oak finish spicy, smooth and heady. Drink this exemplary Toro through 2023. – Wine Enthusiast, 95/100

The eponymous 2012 Numanthia is sourced from vineyards ranging from 60 to 100 years of age across the Toro appellation (they have around 100 hectares of vineyards… spread across 100 separate plots!). The wine matured in brand new oak barrels for 22 months. The aromas are mostly oak related with some toasted sesame seeds, sweet vanilla and cinnamon, some licorice and chocolate, and a core of very ripe black fruit. The oak is obviously of very good quality, but at the moment it dominates the wine and with time what emerges is still toffee, smoke and coal. The palate reveals a very young wine that is dense, tremendous, with high dry extract, concentrated, powerful, and full of dusty tannins and oak-related flavors. This beast needs a good couple of years to be tamed down by the bottle. This is a bodybuilder of a Toro – oaky and highly extracted in its style. The 2014 will see a change and will not have 100% new oak. – Wine Advocate, 92/100

Numanthia, Termes 2014 – R 375
This wine’s black fruit aromas come with road tar, leather and raisin notes. It’s intensely tannic, with ripe, savoury berry and cassis flavours and integrated oak. Chocolate and baked black fruit notes last on the strong, tannic finish. Drink through 2025. – Wine Enthusiast, 91/100

I also tasted the 2014 Termes, which is from a fruit-driven and balanced year, and should be released in the second half of 2017. The fermentation and élevage were similar to the 2013, but the wine already shows some of the changes that are being implemented in the winery. The wine started malolactic in barrel but was then transferred to stainless steel to finish it. They have also reduced the amount of new oak, because they want to show more fruit; however, this is only a transition year when the new team could only do some fine tuning. But I could already detect more freshness; 2014 was a very different year to the atypical 2013, and I see a more lively palate here. The tannins are fine-grained. 2014 is a balanced year, perhaps similar to 2010, and the wine shows good harmony and balance. – Wine Advocate, 91/100


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