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1999 Numanthia - Numanthia 750ml
1999 Numanthia - Numanthia
Spain - Castilla y Leon - Toro
Red / Tempranillo
1999 Numanthia - Numanthia
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 100

($39; from very old, low-yielding tempranillo vines planted on ungrafted rootstock) Bright medium ruby. Primary black raspberry and roasted, tarry oak on the nose. Superripe and thick, with superb richness of texture and strong oak notes of sandalwood, clove and mace. Showed explosive sweetness as it opened in the glass. Highly concentrated wine, finishing with somewhat tarry wood tannins.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 136

The soon-to-be-released 1999 Numanthia confirms just how special these wines are. An amazing effort from Toro, it was made from yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, aged 18 months in new French wood, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration. A black/ruby color is followed by an explosive perfume of sweet blackberries, cassis, licorice, minerals, and smoke. With great intensity, fabulously sweet tannin, and high glycerin levels, this wine establishes a new benchmark for the Toro appellation. There are 300 cases of the 1999 for the American marketplace.

A sensational new offering, this wine will prove to be a breakthrough effort for the Toro appellation. Made from old (70-100 years), ungrafted vines planted at an elevation of 2300 feet, yields were a minuscule 1.5 tons of fruit per acre. The wine was aged 18 months in 100% new French oak, with malolactic in barrel, and was bottled without fining or filtration. This 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) comes from a vineyard with sandy, chalky-textured soils overlaying clay. The wine is named after a legendary Spanish city that was destroyed (after twenty years of resistance) by Roman legions 133 years before the birth of Christ. It is to Spain what the hilltop village of Masada is to Israel ... a monument to foreign aggression and national resistance.

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Wine Spectator Author: Thomas Matthews

Voluptuous international style. This lush Spanish red teems with toasty, chocolate oak flavors, thickly overlaid on ripe plum and blackberry fruit. It's well-structured, with firm, ripe tannins and heady alcohol. Impressive. 350 cases imported.

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Community Reviews


Anonymous Author Tasted On: 12/23/2013 Drink Dates: 2017


Rossboss Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 07/31/2011 Drink Dates: 2009-2019

When celebrating a special occasion in which bbq ribs would be served I knew that an older version vintage of Numanthia would do the trick and it came through. Stood up for several hours, popped and let breath for about an hour. Poured a glass about 20 minutes before the meal, the nose just poured out forth from the glass, black cherry and dried flowers. Flavors were amazing - cassis, blackberry and well integrated oak. This was never flabby and obnoxious - this reminded me a lot of the 2005 San Roman I had a few months back. On the back palate tannins crept in and the smoke and coffee flavors also came through. I expect other vintages to be more powerful but the 1999 was singing now and is in a really great place.

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gotwine Trust Rating: 86 Tasted On: 03/19/2011

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Juan K Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 02/12/2010

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Jito72 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 07/01/2009 Drink Dates: 2006-2011

Better than a previous tasted bottle.

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