Spanish Red Uncorked: Numanthia 2007 Termes

Uncorked: Numanthia 2007 Termes
Carafe Price: $27 ($58/bottle)
Region: Toro, Spain
Wine Style: Modern Spanish
Varietals: 100% Tinto de Toro a clone of Tempranillo
Oak: 20 months in 20% new French
Color: dark purple
Nose: chocolate, tobacco, plum
Palate: dark berries

Toro is located along the Duero river near the Portugese.  The Numanthia vineyards consist of ungrafted Tinto de Toro vines situated at 650 to 850 meters.  The clay soil base under sandy rocky soil retains moisture, helpful during long, dry periods.  The Termes is the first wine of the three wines.  Made from vines of a minimum age of 30 years the wine offers plum, chocolate, tobacco and minerality on the nose with dark berries on the palate.  Both grape and wood tannin (20 months in 20% new French) contribute to a rich mouth feel with enough acidity to keep the wine in balance.

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