Numanthia Termes 2013
Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Termes, from a slow ripening, cold and wet vintage, is pure Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo) from a number of 30- to 50-year-old vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas, Morales de Toro, Toro, Venialbo and El Pego at an average of 700 meters altitude on sandy and stony soils. The destemmed grapes underwent a cold soak before fermenting and a post-fermentative maceration of 21 days. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 14 months with rackings every four months. The vintage provided conditions for fresher wines, and this Termes, harvested from October, has good acidity and a lively palate, showcasing the vintage. The nose has nicely integrated oak and a core of red and black fruit, quite harmonious. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine tannins and moderate acidity, but with a sense of freshness. There was less Numanthia produced in 2013, so part of the grapes that usually go to Numanthia is in this Termes. 120,000 bottles produced.
Wine SpectatorTarry and sanguine notes give an austere character to this firm red, but there's a core of plum and blackberry flavors, along with licorice and mineral notes, and the muscular tannins and balsamic acidity are rugged but balanced. Best from 2019 through 2029. 8,500 cases made.