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2004 Bodegas Numanthia-Termes "Termanthia" Toro

SKU #1025865 96 points Wine Spectator

 Powerful yet graceful, this red shows concentration, intensity and elegance. Oak is dominant now, with luscious mocha, dark chocolate and toasty flavors, but there's plenty of ripe black fruit underneath. Massive tannins are so well-integrated the wine feels plush, and lively acidity keeps this balanced. (TM)  (11/2007)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The bouquet of the 2004 Termanthia is very intense but not overpowering, with notes of black currant, menthol, peppermint, kirsch and just a touch of eau-de-vie. The palate is full-bodied with dense, firm, quite robust tannins. It is very powerful with layers of spicy red berry fruit laced with cloves and Provencal herbs. There is still some oak to be subsumed towards the finish, which has mouth-gripping tannins. It is still very youthful, although after almost ten years, we have to wait and see what secondary delights it may muster. This is not a perfect wine, not in my book. But it is a great Toro, even if I blaspheme by suggesting that it will be ultimately be out-performed by the following vintage. Drink 2016-2025+ (NM)  (4/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Pungent cherry, cassis, licorice, violet and graphite on the nose, with a peppery undercurrent. Concentrated dark fruit flavors offer outstanding clarity and thrust, with sweet cherry and blackberry flavors joined by candied licorice, zesty minerality and bitter chocolate. Fine-grained tannins add structure and focus on the strikingly long, youthfully bitter finish. With air the fruit turned darker and gained power, but at no expense to vivacity. Needs time. (JR) 94+  (10/2007)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 A huge wine, even by Toro's standards, this comes from Teso los Carriles, a pre-phylloxera vineyard planted more than 100 years ago near the town of Argujillo. The massive vines deliver a supersized red with liquorish red fruit, fig and cinnamon. The flavors are surrounded by a dense layer of tannin and a thick curtain of alcohol. If you open it now, pour it with slow-roasted wild boar. Better to age it ten years or more.  (10/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 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. Finishes just a little suddenly. 17/20 points (JR)  (11/2006)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.