Wine Advocate 95 points - The outstanding 2005 Termanthia has a much more reticent nose than the 2004, which is a difficult act to follow, but in many ways it is just as attractive, perhaps with better delineation and more elegance, scents of incense, pot pourri and white fennel interlacing the red berry profile. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, fresh and with a keen thread of acidity. Towards the finish, it fans out with notes of red currant, sage, white pepper and bitter orange, with fine persistency in the mouth. Juxtaposing the 2004 and 2005, it is the latter that I would prefer in my own cellar. Drink now-2025+ (Apr 2013)
Steve Tanzer 95 points - Saturated ruby. Explosively perfumed scents of blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry, complicated by a seductive array of Asian spices, vanilla, mocha and fresh flowers. Palate-saturating dark berry flavors are almost shockingly elegant, with balancing minerality adding focus and lift. Fine-grained tannins make an attempt to assert themselves but are utterly absorbed by the sweet, dark fruit. Finishes with sweet, focused blackcurrant and cherry flavors and remarkable persistence. The balance of this wine is something else.
The award winning Termanthia is the ultimate expression of the best of vineyard plots in Toro with vines that over 120 years old and at an altitude of 800 meters. The hyper-concentrated fruit produces considerable aromatic complexity and shows tremendous power on the palate with plenty of fleshy roundness and as much elegance and precision as it does intensity. This is a wine that will keep very well, gaining even more complexity in bottle.
|Proprietary vineyard "Teso los Carriles” situated in Argujillo (Zamora).
Vineyard Size: 4.78 hectares (11.04 acres). Average altitude: 800 m. (2,625 ft). Geology: sandy
soil with a large deposit of fine gravel on the surface. Sub-soil: clay-limestone.
Age: planted with ungrafted vines in the second half of the 19th century.
Variety: Tinta de Toro (100%), pre-phylloxera (own rooted Vitis vinifera) and autochthonous.
Type of training: Head-trained in goblet. Vine Spacing: 3 x 3,5 m. (9.8 x 11.5 ft.).
Vines per hectare: 900 (365 per acre) Yield per hectare: 7.2 Hl. (76.92 gallons/acre).
amendments: Organic material
Harvest: Hand picked in boxes with rigorous selection of the fruit for optimum health and
|The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthia was founded in 1998 by the Eguren familly, native of Rioja, in order to create the best wine of the Toro appellation.