2006 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Termes" Toro
*Highly Recommended* Muscular yet expressive, this Spanish red offers roasted plum, bitter chocolate, tobacco and hot stone notes. Thick, with rich, ripe tannins and just enough acidity to keep it lively. Best from 2010 through 2020. (TM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Termes is inky black with an enticing perfume of mineral, spice box, leather, and blackberry. Succulent, concentrated, and impeccably balanced, it has enough structure to blossom for another 2-3 years but can be approached now. (JM)
Dark, rubbery and focused on the nose, while the palate is wider, richer and propped up by a band of zesty acidity. The flavors are typical of Toro, meaning dark blackberry and boysenberry. A finish of brandied berries, kirsch and chocolate is almost like dessert. (MS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, cinnamon, clove, cured tobacco and anise. Round, fleshy, cherry-vanilla and dark chocolate flavors are enlivened by notes of baking spices and smoky minerals. Open-knit and gently sweet, displaying minimal tannins and finishing with very good lift and lingering chocolate and spice notes. This aged in 20% new French oak. (JR)
From the same folks who make Numanthia, the Termes is made from 30-year-old ungrafted Tinta de Toro vines cropped at a mere 22 hectoliters per hectare. It enjoyed malolactic fermentation as well as 20 months aging in French oak barrels (20% new). Not much of this beauty makes it to the U.S.