Bodega Numanthia is a standard-bearer of the Toro appellation, a sweltering corner of Old Castile renowned for a super-dark, inky biotype of Tempranillo known as “Tinto de Toro.” Ungrafted, 100+ year old vines suffer endlessly in the region’s punishing winters and hellish summers.
And yet the vines offer up a thing of beauty, year after year. “Termes,” named for an ancient Celtic settlement allied with Numanthia against the Romans, is Numanthia’s entry-level, fresh and vibrant Tinto de Toro, totally gulpable and versatile at the table.
“Black as the ace of spades with great berry fruit and a lot of savory character, this is a very distinctive Toro red. Very powerful with plenty of fruit sweetness, but as the wine flows over the palate it slowly turns ever further in the savory direction. Long, beautifully balanced finish.” – James Suckling
Why not pick up a case of this luscious Spaniard, at a superb discount? Slice up a big plate of jamón Serrano and pull the ripcord!
No, it's not an Egyptian Pharoah, but Numanthia is a force equally as mighty. The winery was started in 1998 and straight out of the gate received acclaim from critics and consumers alike. Set in the Toro region of Spain, along the Duero River, the winery takes its name from the legendary Spanish city that was seized by Roman invadors, but only after a 20-year struggle. Numanthia carries on with that vein of tenacity and resistance, two characteristics that continue to help these Toro vineyards soldier through the extreme climatic and viticultural pressures of the region. Many ungrafted 120 year old vines help produce Numanthia's wines, and few of their vineyards are less than 50 years old. In total, Numanthia produces three bottlings from their 40 hectares of Tempranillo vines. The low yielding vines have established themselves as authors of broodingly deep and endlessly complex wines. Today, these dedicated winegrowers have tamed the beastly vines into yielding some of the most noteworthy reds to storm the market in decades. If this is your first introduction, welcome to the party.