2003 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Termes" Toro
The warmth of 2003 infused this wine with weight, power and lusciousness. On the other hand, there’s a slight bit of raisin, marzipan and bitter chocolate that come from the vintage. In between you’ll find Termes’ patented dark berry flavors, earthiness and tannins. An excellent effort that should be best in 2008.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A super bargain, the 2003 Termes enjoys malolactic fermentation in barrel and is aged 16 months in old French oak. Its dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of black fruits, charcoal, licorice, and pepper. Spicy, rich, medium to full-bodied, and exuberantly fruity, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-4 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Spicy, oak-inflected aromas of cherry, licorice and roasted coffee. Medium-bodied and firm, the cherry flavor braced by fresh acids and supported by gentle, dusty tannins. Finishes youthfully taut and with impressive persistence, a note of tobacco sneaking in on the back. Impressive if still very young. (JR)