Any aspiring collectors should add a case of this to their stash. Numanthia comes from a different terroir with a different clone of Tinta de Toro. The vines for this cuvee range from 70-100 years of age with tiny yields of 1 ton of fruit per acre. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 19 months in new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine is a glass-coating opaque purple with a killer nose of mineral, pencil lead, wild blueberry, and blackberry liqueur that roars from the glass. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, dense, and already beginning to show complexity within its layers of spicy black fruits. There is immense power, well-concealed ripe tannin, and the well-delineated finish lasts for over one minute. This is a sensational effort which in a perfect world should be cellared for a decade and enjoyed over the following 25+ years. However, the elderly among us should not feel guilty about opening a bottle now.
The Fine Wines Of Spain: While we are fans of all the major wine producing regions, Spanish wines have captured our hearts as producing some of the most spectacular tasting wines in the world as well as great values. Spain has the greatest number of vines planted in the world. However, in the last 15 - 20 years Spain has undergone a radical transformation and has started producing Spanish wines for the international consumer. The major wine producing regions in Spain are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, Priorat, Montsant, Calatayud, Jumilla, Navarra and Rias Baixas. The major Spanish wine varietals are Tempranillo, Tinto del Toro, Grenache, Albarino, Verdejo, Viura. Some notable producers that we are quite fond of are Bodegas El Nido, Alto Moncayo, Cellar Marti Fabre, Cellar Vall Llach, Mas Doix, Emilio Moro, Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia, Bodegas y Vinedos Alion, Bodegas Naia, Numanthia-Termes S.L., Bodegas Muga S.A. and many other wines of Spain.