2005 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Termes" Toro
*#2 on the Top 100 Wines of 2009* Austere yet alluring, this powerful red is thick and tannic, yet reveals a core of blackberry, mineral, hoisin and graphite that's dense and pure. Monolithic now, but has depth and balance. Modern, but shows a real sense of place. Best after 2012. (Web Only- 2009)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Termes was aged for 16 months in seasoned French oak. It exhibits a classy nose of cedar, mineral, spice box, and blackberry. Sweet, layered, and ripe, with tons of flavor, this balanced effort will evolve for 3-4 years and drink well through 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby. Ripe cherry and plum aromas are complicated by espresso and dark chocolate. Powerful, densely packed dark berry flavors are distinctly ripe, with chewy tannins adding structure. And yet this is surprisingly light on its feet, finishing with gentle acid lift and brighter red berry character. Not a blockbuster by any stretch.
Get your hands on the 2005 vintage of the Numanthia-Termes Toro Red, one of the best bargains available! This Spanish Tempranillo is full-bodied with aromas of scorched earth, black fruit and sweet oak; on the palate this wine balances its rich fruit flavors with oak and racy acidity.