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2012 Numanthia - Termanthia

SPAIN / CASTILLA Y LEON /
  • 94 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 18 JR
  • 93 JS
  • Variety
    Tempranillo
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SKU: 69856-2012-750-1A
  • Rating: 93

    Big and powerful red defined by a stony, seaweed, blackberry and bay-leaf character. Complex and layered. Full-bodied and broad-shouldered with fine tannins and a fresh, spicy and earthy finish. Jammy and old-school Spanish red but impressive nonetheless. Drink now or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Rating: 95

    Dense and polished, this red is muscular yet balanced, with firm, well-integrated tannins and lively acidity supporting rich flavors of blackberry, cocoa, licorice and mineral. Monolithic now, but has real depth. Best from 2018 through 2028. 600 cases made.
    Author: Thomas Matthews
  • Rating: 94

    The limited, top of the range 2012 Termanthia is a single-vineyard Tempranillo from a plot of vines planted some 120 years ago. The bunches are hand-destemmed and then foot-trodden, and fermented in oak vats. The wine spends six months in new French oak barrels until malolactic is completed and then transferred to another set of brand new barrels for a further 18 months. The aromas are dominated by the elevage, with plenty of oak, smoke and peat, with something organic and earthy, even with some hints of Islay whiskey. If you look hard enough, there are some heady aromas of violets and blueberries underneath. The palate is quite straight within its full size and power, with good freshness, marked acidity, more elegance than the Numanthia and also better drinkability. Even with 200% oak, there is fruit here that talks about the quality, natural concentration and power of the grapes used, which are able to stand such brutal treatment. The new winemaker tells me the 2014 will only have around 80% new oak, and I'm looking forward to tasting the bottled wine, as I believe you could make an amazing wine with these grapes, and a softer hand in the vinification and aging. Around 5,000 bottles are produced per vintage.
    Author: Luis Gutierrez
  • Rating: 18

    100% Tinta de Toro from Argujillo municipality at 800 m elevation. Very old vines dating back to 1870 and 1890, planted on sandy soils. Fermentation took place in French oak tronconic tanks of 10 hl and 20 hl. Foot-treading twice a day over 10 days followed by cold pre-fermentation for 5 days. Long maceration with the skins prior to six months' ageing in new French oak barrels, and then the wine is transferred again into new barrels for 16 months. Racking is done every four months. Tasted blind. The wine has massive concentration and extract. It is extremely deep and ripe with tones of ripe black fruit, intense new French oak, pencil lead and sweet spices. It has an extra dose of concentration and muscle compared with the rest of wines from Toro. It still keeps elegance despite its massive palate. Glorious wine full of high-quality, juicy and fleshy tannins. It is a fantastic wine that has almost everything. (FC)
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  • Bodega Numanthia Termes, S.L. (an estate owned by Dominio Eugren) produces super-premium wines such as Termanthia, Numanthia and Termes. The company has 40 hectares of vineyards. The estate was founded in 1998 and is based in Zamora, Spain. As of February 11, 2008, Bodega Numanthia Termes, S.L. operates as a subsidiary of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 39 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors