Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2006 Numanthia Termes Tinto de Toro

Many wine drinkers are becoming increasingly bullish for Spanish wines of all types, including the distinctive Tinto de Toro reds. These wines are made from the Tempranillo grape, made famous by Rioja wines, and are named such for the town on the Duero river in the Zamora, northwest of Madrid. The Termes represents a determined attempt to revive the tradition of fine wine production in the Toro region. Throughout the middle ages the wines of the Toro region were coveted by the kings of Spain and romanticized by the poetry of King Alfonso XI. The sandy soils of this region inhibit the growth of phylloxera, a pest that devastated so many wine growing regions all over the world. It is these unique conditions that make it possible to harvest grapes from 30 year old ungrafted vines. 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.

Rating: 9.3 out of 10

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