2004 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Termes" Toro
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Termes received malolactic fermentation in barrel and was aged for 16 months in one-year-old French barriques. Inky purple-colored, it emits a beautiful bouquet of scorched earth, graphite, wild blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, layered, concentrated, intensely flavored wine with exceptional balance and length. The tannins are well concealed by the opulent fruit. Cellar this terrific wine for 6-8 years and drink it over the following 12-15. It is a fantastic value in great wine. (JM)
Dark violet. Spicy dark berry aromas are complicated by orange peel, cinnamon and clove. Medium-bodied black raspberry and cassis flavors are given an exotic accent by Asian spices and violet pastille. The silky tannins are almost overwhelmed by the wine's spicy fruit. Finishes brisk and long, with an echo of cracked pepper. (JR)
Wine & Spirits
The blueberry and boysenberry flavors contrast riper fig and chocolate tones in this savage wine, its wild tannins as concentrated as the ripe red fruit. Almost too saturated to drink now, cellar this for several years to give it time to mellow.
***Highly Recommended*** A thick, velvety texture carries espresso, toasted walnut, black cherry and light earthy flavors in this powerful red. Mouthcoating tannins are dominant now, but give way to fruit, mineral and floral notes on the finish. Best after 2008. (TM)
Full, glossy, dramatic and sweet. Rich and round with dusty tobacco notes on the finish which stops the wine from being too sweet. Nice appetising kick.