2008 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Termes" Toro
Wine & Spirits
Toasty oak is prominent at first, but there's recompense for the patient: With several hours of air, earth and truffle scents emerge along with blackberry flavors. It's a friendly monster, with tremendous fruit weight supported by a tense web of tannin. Termes is a selection of the youngest Numanthia vines, with an average age of 30 years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Termes offers up a sexy perfume of cedar, spice box, violets, incense, espresso, and blackberry. Savory, concentrated, and well-balanced, this flavorful effort will benefit from several years of additional cellaring but can be approached now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berries and fresh flowers on the nose, along with notes of cola and star anise. Lush, palate-coating blackberry and candied cherry flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and gain sweetness with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the lush fruit flavors and carry through a long, spicy finish. Give this a bit of air if you plan to open it any time soon.
An excellent wine for an off vintage, with licorice, balsam, black fruit galore and coconut aromas. The feel is plush, layered and smooth for Toro, with blackberry, mocha, lemon peel and coconutty flavors. Toasty on the finish, with a final wave of vanilla and chocolate. Drink now through 2014.
This bold red matches ripe blackberry and currant flavors with toast, dark chocolate and oak notes. The tannins are firm and well-integrated, and the smoky mineral note is alluring. Drink now through 2016.