Popped and poured. Dark crimson w/a little bricking at the edge. Big tarry/cherry medicinal nose leading to a fat midpalate of black berry/cherry fruit/tar that settles into something a little more refined and engaging after an hour in the glass and finishes with light mouth coating tannins that linger for a bit.
Last tasted in 11/2010. Decanted for 1 hour (it did not need it as prior taster noted). Blackish red color with a little sediment. Looked younger than an '06. Oak/Vanilla, black cherry on nose. On palate, black cherry, black licorice, blackberry & touch of tobacco flavor profile. Full body but very balanced with a Long finish. At peak now but should be good for a few years. 92+ Excellent with grilled rib-eye steaks.
Decanted for 1.5 hours. This is very full-bodied, almost like a vintage port. Has some raisin tones, feels over-ripe. This has a lot of depth, though a bit one-dimensional. This is drinking beautifully now, though it likely benefits from the decanting.
This is drinking beautifully right now...why wait? I believe right now it is at its apogee.
See: m+ ruby-brick with garnet tones.
Smell: Incredible complexity and depth, literally, I have a laundry list of aromas. Ready? Integrated layers of beef stew, pepper, fruitcake, cigar tobacco, plum, blackberry, dried blueberry, forest floor, cedar, chocolate ganache.
Taste: M+ body, with a supple core. M- fully integrated, velvety tannins and medium acidity. It finishes long, yielding and boldly flavored, with more braised beef notes, spice and chocolate.
If I were you, I wouldn't want to miss out on it at this stage....
3 hour decant and enjoyed with asian barbecued chicken, creamy garlic risotto and crispy lemon asparagus. Some food wine this is. Floral, smoke, leather, rich berries, modest acidity and amazing complexity and balance.
One hour into decant this had searing acidity with very little fruit. Two and a half hours in, right in time for dinner, this was singing and proving to me it just needs a couple more years or a healthy amount of air. Tobacco, tar, flowers, integrated tannins and balanced acidity with just enough dark fruit. Aside from a slight punch of fruit after 3 hours on the finish this is a perfect example of 'old world' wine. Went very well with a foal ragú.
So dark purple in the glass, it almost doesn't reflect any light. It's starting to come together now, with black cherries and somewhat softening tannins. If squid ink is to be found in a bottle of wine, this is indeed that one. Still got a lot of life to it, and wow does it ever fight off the air when it comes to allowance of oxidation.
I wish I had more than just this 1 bottle. This was big, bold, and delicious. This had deep berry aromas and an unmistakable old world element. The wine had a velvety texture and pure fruit flavors. Ole!
There is probably a good wine under there somewhere, but it's almost completely concealed by a coarse layer of char and oak.
At this age, I'm skeptical that the oak will ever integrate, as I've seen happen on some other Numanthias, but if you can spare the storage space, I'd probably wait a couple more years and see, since the wine isn't enjoyable now unless you love heavy scorched oak flavors.
Still dark purply red with some lightening of tint at the rim. Smells of earth and minerals. Tastes of sweet plummy fruit with some underlying tannins. Acids cleanse the palate nicely. Decent finish. This wine is drinking well now. Much better than the last bottle I had a few years ago.
Totally taken by surprise. After a poor debut a few years ago, I opened up a 2006. Wow. Total balance. After giving it 45 min to air out and warm up the nose blew me away. Deep. Cassis. Taste was full of dark fruit, earth, long. Amazing QPR. 93 pts
Black and blue fruits on the nose. Same on the palate, along with a surprising amount of bittersweet chocolate. Much more approachable than I'd expected. Very rich, almost sweet, but balanced by moderate tannins. Terrific finish. If tasted blind, I would have pegged it as new world, not old.
There's a distinct difference between this wine, pre-'07 and so I've got to imagine that is directly related to the Eguiren's sale and exodus from the winery. This vintage shows the modernity of technique and improvements in winemaking technology, yet keeps an eye trained on the tradition of the varietal. Deep ruby-purple with dark garnet edges. The aromatics offered intrigue with smokey herbs. The mouthfeel was rich and alluring, with those herbal characteristics carrying through. I thoroughly enjoyed this wine and my experience clearly supported its earning the #2 spot on Wine Spectator's 2010 Top 100.
A dark, harmonious bomb of aromas and flavors - new world vibe as noted by other reviewers; beautiful tranlucent dark ruby purple color; vivid aromas of blueberry syrup, blackberrries, black raspberries and a touch of old world funk; an explosion of dark fruit flavors in the mouth, with savory leather notes, a hint of funk, and lots of bittersweet chocolate; firm but very well integrated tannins, with tangy dark fruit on the long, long finish. Drinking exceptionally well at the moment, but well worth an hour or so decant. A likely crowd pleaser.
Strong bouquet of blackberries and earth. Wonderful taste of blackberries, tar, stone, bramble and blueberries. After being open for an hour-- black fruit, tannins, acid and minerals. Huge finish of blackberry liqueur, tar and spice. Seems unusually big for the Termes.
Every once in a while I crave a hedonistic wine like a zin or full bodied Napa cab. While the Numanthia Termes does fit that bill, it is so oaky that all other flavors and aromas this may have had before the wood treatment are just clobbered and not given a chance to speak. I want to taste the grape, not the inside of a barrel. Recommended for fans of oak.
Pop and pour. Exotic spices, earth, floral, raspberries, cherry and minerals. A little heat on this one that blew off quick. Medium finish and tons of spice. Should age for another five years. Solid wine for $25.
This is really nice stuff. Very plummy on the nose and palate. Smooth and tasty with additional vanilla influences, licorice and and finally just a touch of tobacco. Overall a solid effort. Would recommend.
PnP. Briary, meaty, dark and fairly dense. Rich dark fruit is balanced by some acid and good tannin presence. A step up from the 2005. Was surprisingly good with food. Not thinking this is meant to improve much with age. Drink and enjoy as is.
It has been almost 18 months since I opened one of these (see 4/11/10 note). Took to Cafe Mediterranean for a languid mid-afternoon meal. No notes. Overall impression: even better than I remembered. Luscious, ripe, balanced, spicy, and structured wine that is really singing right now. Great with food and alone. Drink up!
This has always been a favorite of mine, but I like it better on the young side when its vibrancy and fruit can be stunning. Over time, it hangs together fine, with the fruit replaced with sufficient structured earthiness to stand up to the alcohol, but the zip is gone and it's just another tempranillo.
Nose of chocolate, plum and some hints of tobacco. Nice and chewy on the palate which really focuses on the chocolate from the nose with a long finish. A very well made wine for a really good price. Pleasure to drink.
Numanthia is without a doubt a classic wine. Numanthia Terems flirts with this status every year, and suceeds quite often. The 2006 attains this classic mantle. There is no better wine value anywhere when this happens. Grab it while it's available.
Nice fruit and earth flavors days 1 and 2, but after 3 days, this broke down into a pruney mess and got dumped. Somewhat surprising, considering how bold the wine was after several hours of decanting on day 1. Big fruit, quite tannic, and high acidity. Day 2 it had calmed down some, becoming much smoother, yet still over the top fruit and acid. By day 3 it was prunes and cloyingly sweet. Bleh. Score reflects days 1 and 2, as it was singing then.
Second disappointing bottle of this in the last four months. Seems disjointed and the tannins are a little rough. Not that it is bad, but it does not begin to match where this wine appeared to be going.
Tasted immediately after opening. Opaque purple. Mineral and ripe fruit nose. Black and red fruit, oak and tannins. Richer than the nose led me to expect. Powerful fruit but not over the top. Great balance. Lacks some complexity but at this price point that is nitpicking.
Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of talc, rose petals, plums and berries. Flavors of black berries, plums and black cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with some air our over the next 2-8 years.
Impression only but this has REALLY come around since my last bottle not quite two years ago. Still rich, this now presents as balanced and not cloying. There are tons of black fruits and it's quite tannic but this time the tannins didn't stand out or detract. There are some really great tasting flavors and scents from this wine.
gave the chef at a Spanish restaurant a taste, he came out and said WTF ! Let me do a pairing for this ! Perfect oak balance and firm but integrated tannins. Of course there is fruit. The chef brought out drunken goat cheese foam on slice of Iberico ham. Damn!
Very dark puple turning violet at the edges. Full-bodied, creamy, ripe blueberry, strawberry, dark cherry, candied licorice. Great balance, lively acidity, long finish that's smooth with very mild tannins. The suppleness, texture and ripeness gives this wine a very modern feel. Refreshing! Drink from 2011 to 2021.
Fabulous wine from one of the great Toro stars of value. Big, brawny fruit, tobacco and bittersweet chocolate notes fill the palate front to back. Firm tannins and dark Crimson color suggest this wine has much more life to it. Too bad it was my last bottle.
The nose smells like perfume. Big but not flabby. Great notes of dark fruits and decent tannins and acidity to hold it together. The wine is starting to integrate. The first day was very good. The second day was fantastic. For the price this is an outstanding value.
Yes. I found what I was looking for. This wine went into hiding for me and i never really understood what the hubbub was about. 4-5 hours of decant time explains it all. Big oaky, tannin monster let's go if its tight grip and delivers a dark berry harmony. QPR.
The tannins have integrated nicely since my last bottle, which I found hard to drink because of those tannins. This wine showed a pure beam of juicy dark fruits. Great concentration and power without going over the top. Another couple of years should benefit this wine further.
The quality for the price is off the charts here. Well done.
Consistent with prior notes - much, much, much better with airtime - tasted a few oz. upon opening and not much going on. Palate was full bodied - from attack to the finish with great mouthfeel - soy / black cherry / blackbery / licorice, touch of mint - Had with a grilled pork tenderloin and this wine was much better with food. Okay with a long (2+ hour) decant or hold for some time - no signs of oxidation on nose or in the color of the wine.93-94 rating.
This wine, at almost four years, and almost two in bottle, is more than a tannic monster, its like a dark hole of spewing tannin power that just doesn't want to quit. This is after being opened on day one, poured and tasted (less than 3 oz) and then put back into the cooler for a second tasting the next day. If one can get past these tannins, which are a story of their own, then the wine does exhibit a memorable personality, one of a dark essence of chocolatey fruits, some cherry, some fig and a good bit of vanilley blackberry. It's got complexity, a suave mouthfeel and a nice long in your face finish, but once again, those attributes are only engaging if the participant can get past those tannins. I like the future of this wine, and it would be great to throw down a vertical of this wine from 02-07, but considering I don't have that luxury I'll just have to go from memory - I think that this year doesn't have the silkiness and multilayered oomph of the '04, isn't as tannic or complex as the '05 (if you can believe that) but is more beguiling in flavor and finish than the '03. Haven't had the '07 yet but I have a feeling its profile isn't much different. If you've got more than one bottle of these I would say drink one in 2010 and put the rest down to try again 2015 or later. It's a wine with a great future, once the tannins let its other attirbutes shine through....
After two hours in decanter, this wine showed dark raspberry jam, mulling spices, musk and toasted gram cracker on the nose. On the palate, I found spicy, dark black fruits and plum sauce, which led to a long, mouth coating finish. This wines structure was massive but the tannins have faded a little since my last tasting and it’s left this wine with a velvety smooth mouth feel.
this wine is such a value....I drank over 3 days and it just got better and better.....dark color , minerial , strawberries, red fruit, mild spices, chewy tannins ....some cholcolate and coffee flavors I found the 07 to not be up to the quality of 05-06
Hmmm. This wine confounds me. It is a different beast than last time I opened a bottle. Still after 2 hours of decanting it was concentrated and syrupy. (not so last time.) Not as much oak as I remembered.
bone-in ribeye in a glass. smooth, nice stewed fruit. This would be terrifiic with,you guessed it, a grill steak. tappers off very nicely. not feeling the 92's out there for this wine as it lacks some dimension, but a nice bottle none the less if not a tad overpriced.
The wine needs only 15 minutes to open up. Inviting nose. Cinnamon and vanilla on nose. All about minerals and sandstone on the pallet. Very drinkable. Murph nailed this one in a blind blind, really impressive stuff, maybe best performance ever!
Dark red / purple - nearly black. Heavy body, viscous. Modern style -- full of muscle and alcohol. This wine screams to be drunk in the company of a juicy steak. Plenty of jammy fruit: black berries and blue berries. This wine will be for those who like big new world wines. Slightly inferior than Clio, but in the same style. Plenty of life at the moment, but not very complex/unique.
Sublime! The '01 & '02 are too far removed to remember, the '03 is either at an awkward stage or (more likely) too far gone, the "W.S. Hoopla" '05 was had too long ago to distinctly recall...but for me and in recent memory, this '06 edged out the '04 though, stylistically distinct. Whereas the '04 was solidly in-your-face; clearly taking advantage of the new world style change (and perhaps a hotter/more ripe year), this wine deftly straddled the line between modern unctuousness and old-world finesse. Aromatics were musky - Cameroon-wrapper cigar smoke and saddle leather. The fruit was moderately restrained with a palate impression that played off the aromatics with an almost creamy richness (reminiscent of the Abadia Retuerta Rivola's of the mid-'90's). The acidity was sufficient though you'd have to conclude that this is not a cool climate vineyard. Finally, the tannins were dusty and slightly chalky but in perfect balance, which led to a full, impressionable finish. Definitely complimentary at the dinner table, though I could have just sat & sipped this all night long. This winery's clearly on a hot streak. Not only an outstanding QPR but more impressively, a wine of impeccable construction.
Brick rimmed purple. Nose of blackberry, smoke, and vanilla. Full palate of ripe blackberry, licorice, spice, and espresso with mouthwatering acidity and smooth tannins. Very good length. This is much more integrated than when I lasted opened a bottle a year ago. Still has that youthful verve, but is more in balance. It will be fun to see how it develops over the next few years.
A surprisingly big wine. It looks dark in the glass, but the edges are light as if it will be light-bodied or even watery. However, when it first hits your palate it is far from watery. A reasonably big texture, but with bright, piercing berry fruit. The first few sips (no decanting) were a bit harsh, but with some air it tasted like bluberry "pop rocks" bursting in your mouth. The nose altermated sweet oak and brambles. Just a really nice wine. I agree with previous raters who have said that it would improve with extended aging and or decanting. I'd love to find a few more bottles and find out. However, I disagree with the rater who said its better than Clio, but still a very excellent wine.
A: Opaque, dark purple; tinted legs N: Blackberries, dark chocolate dipped strawberries, leather, smoke, vanilla, cinnamon & other spices P: Very smoky and oaky is my first impression after my initial sip. Nice structure, jammy fruit and med + alcohol but definitely has the acidity to balance it out. Tannins a little grippy, but not overly mouth drying. Pleasing earthy flavors on the mid-palate that ends with a lingering, spicy finish. A touch hot but I think it will blow off. Hey, I'm really enjoying this. Must order pizza....NOW
Ruby colored, has aromas of Red Currant, Blackberry, and Mineral. Fleshy with a Medium to Full body. Lots of Tanins that needs some time to come into balance. Has a medium to long finish. Needs a few hours of decanting. Enjoyed it should get better with a little more time.
Similar notes as before. This is simply fantastic! Beautiful nose. Lush, complex dark fruits with a long finish. Smooth tannins on the end round it out. I just opened the bottle and it is already drinking wonderfully. 92+, maybe a 93. Oh yeah, BTW, this is better than Clio.
crowd favorite and WOTN. Opening up at 4.5 hour decant. Ripe blackberries and a good dose of sweet oak. This wine is pretty massive. Not on par with the Gran Elias Mora that I had a bit ago, lacking complexity at this stage. Somewhat astringent on the finish. Highest I can go is 89 on this one (and that is perhaps being too generous). Perhaps time will help
Decanted for 2.5 hours. Blackish / red color. Black & candied cherries on the nose. Vibrant acidity with licorice, vanilla, a little pepper and black cherry on the palate. Very full mouthfull from the mid palate to the finish - complexity and the finish lengthened with time in the glass (4 hours as I write this note). Great QPR if you can get for under $30.00 and phenomenal with food (had with spicy grilled pork tenderloin). Would buy again (the wife really enjoyed but she was more 88-90 on this one).
This blew me away. I expected a still young, closed, tempranillo, but this is drinking really well already. No formal notes. Very nice nose, and wonderful fruit, backed-up with really nice structure. Definitely WON for most of us.
Picked up six bottles of this wine for less than $20 each; a bargain when she normally sells for over $30. This is a great example of the kind of deals that are in the wine marketplace today. The 2006 version of this consistently well rated wine was outstanding and though we drank it a bit early (should be excellent for another 10 years) we just couldn't resist the wonderful, fruit forward, moderately tannic, deep ruby flavor that insisted that we try another bottle. This wine is just bursting with flavor and should not be missed if you should be fortunate enough to run into it on the shelves at a similar price.
Big and wound up right out of the bottle. With some air it became a rich, ripe, round Tempranillo in a modern style but not overdone or oaky. Red fruits dominate the nose with some leather and sweet tobacco. Chocolate, ripe red fruit, big spiciness and a bit of creamy vanilla on the palate. There was a hint of greeness that appeared and vanished. $23, 89 pts. Plump, new world with a bit of funkiness. Quite drinkable.
Nice wine, easy to drink, very good Tempranillo for someone who is not a big fan of this varietal, but since the other Termes wine appeared in the top 100 of Wine Spectator, these wines have become very expensive, I'd much rather pay the extra $20 and get the Numanthia.
Color: Beautiful deep cranberry. Several remarked on the clarity and wonderful color. Nose: Very expressive nose of various red and dark fruits. You could actually smell this a foot from the glass. Taste: More deep dark fruit with some red fruits as well.Chocolate for sure, but not as strong as before. Light oak and fairly strong but dusty tannins. Opened up nice in the glass as this was a pop and pour. Medium-fuller body. Finish: Flavors of raspberry, blackberry, semi sweet chocolate and again tannins that were quite smooth. This wine would be better suited with an hour decant, but I loved it anyway. I thought this reminded me of some of Spains better juice, such as Clio.Certainly a re-buy!.
really a delightful wine that's a great social wine-easy fruity light with enough spice to make it interesting. i really like wines like this one for social occasions when conversation is the point- then everyone is not competing to discuss and describe the extracted monster that so many wineries feel the need to put out these days.
Drinking my last bottle, after enjoying a case during the year. My wife loves the stuff. I wonder if this thing would still be good in, say, 4 more yeras. Too much alcohol, rough when compared to the subtlety of Numanthia (never had Termanthia), it just hits you over the head. Still, an incredible value at this price
Really nice wine that was probably had too early and wish I had more. Rich wine with well integrated tannins and nice acidity from this youthful wine. Good black fruit and a nice assortment of chocolate comes through while drinking this bottle. Hint of floral notes on the finish.
My second bottle, decanted for 2 hrs using the Vinturi. Again, very good wine but young. After about 4 hrs it started to show its stuff. Beautiful chewy tannins, lovely fruit and long long finish. Lets wait a few more years.
Beautiful nose, complex, full bodied, really beautiful wine. Love the chewy elegant tannins. Its still young and restrained, but in 3 to 4 years, its going to be a masterpiece. An amazing value at 20+ dollars.
Deep dark purple in color with strong aromas that include ripe red berry fruit, old spice,a pinch of blueberry, and some big fat ripe black cherries that clobber me. Medium full nectar, a touch of acidity with soft tannins yet adding structure. Chunky ripe cherry preserve, chocolate sprinkles, some earth tones and striking oak appear as the finish sets in. Good stuff!
Oak monster. This is a wine that's designed to impress. Lots of oak on the nose, dark purple hues. Dark berries and smooth tannins on the palate. It doesn't deliver quite the boldness in the mouth that the nose promises, and the finish is a little disappointing. In the end the wine is a little unidimensional. This may change with time.
Wow, bruiser of a wine, though one day it'll be excellent to outstanding. Even now, it's pretty good, but it's youth stands in the way of real enjoyment for me. After half an hour or so, the nose is really intoxicating - both in the levels of complexity (black fruits, mocha) and the alcohol! (label says 15.0%) On the palate, it's weighty and chewy, with a roadblock of tannin on the finish. 88 now, possibly low-mid 90s if it settles down. Still, for a wine this serious around $25, great qpr.
Popped, aerated into a decanter and poured without hesitation on a beautiful evening out on our deck. Enjoyed with grilled pork chops and sweet potato dinner. Excellent bottle of wine! Deep dark crisp eggplant-blueberry color, mild nose with noticeable heat. WOW - lots of fruit... dark berries and cherries with mild spices. Great mouthfeel, esp. at mid palate. The finish holds on and on. Maybe it needed a little more time in the decanter to blow off some of the alcohol? So glad I have 5 more in the basement!
I didn't take the time to commit the nose to memory, but the taste is big and bold. Blackberries and cherries dominate with hints of chocolate and oak. A tweak on the tannic side but an overall smooth, not too dry, finish. Some cellaring will take off the edge. Overall yummy!
Drank after open for 6 hours. No formal notes. Dark purple color. Nose of dark fruits including black cherries, blackberries, coffee and a hint of vanilla. On the palate there was lush dark fruit including black cherry, black raspberry, plums, coffee, some chocolate and some heat. The finish is above average in length, but there is not much acidity noted in the wine. Easy drinking wine, nothing that would be considered complex or subtle about this wine. Drink. 50+5+12+17+5
Lots of big red fruits in this wine - beautiful color and weight. Opened and poured through the Vinturi, into the decanter, which helped it to open up much more quickly. Tannins were still tight at first, but after 20-30 minutes in the glass, it was a delight.
Nice nose of dark fruits, well integrated smooth and sweet tannins, dense masculine and muscular. Good concentration. This must be paired with steak. Fun to drink and delicious to drink. Excellent balance. At this price the wine is bargain.
Numanthia Seminar (Binny's South Loop, chicago IL): nose: real rich and bold black fruited based nose with smoke, black fruits, black cherries, dark roast coffee, and oak tones. Very pungent with nice depth, but almost a bit too amped up on the fruit to where it takes on an almost australian character
taste: very plush medium/full feel with plush tannins and tones of black fruits, black cherries, dark roast coffee and oak tones. Comes across as very new world on the palate
overall: very accessible right now, not sure how it will age as the fruit is fairly forward. While pretty enjoyable there isn't much of a sense of place with the wine as it does seem like it could be made from anywhere
Bodega Numanthia Seminar (Binny's South Loop - Chicago, IL): Medium dark purple. Not opaque. Gorgeous nose of ripe blueberries, blackberries. Nice play of leather with creamy pie-like aromas of more dark berries. Violets on the back end. Tons on the nose, especially for a wine at this price point. Feminine in style showcasing lots of fruit and now mocha. Lovely aromatics. Palate shows raspberry, bitter chocolate and earthy cassis. Easy drinking with lots of solid backbone and acidity. Excellent value at this price and a great bottling overall regarless of price.
Really nice, great wine to complement strongly flavored foods off the grill. The hands down crowd favorite at a recent summer barbecue, as the forward deep fruit, the balance, the smooth palate and clean finish resonated with everyone from inexperienced to experienced tasters. Great qpr.
Deep ruby color. Rich, warm nose of ripe cherries and a hint of sweet clove. On the palate, this is big and juicy, driven by spicy dark fruit, but retains solid balance and elegance. Smooth, with no rough edges, this is a luxurious Tempranillo at a killer price. Excellent stuff and once again a great QPR.
Color: Nice Nose : Tight at first, as this was a pop and pour, but opened up nicely after an hour. Wonderful aromas of tar, plumb, black cherry and dark fruits. Taste: Nice dark fruits coming through with nice acidity and I am getting the tannins this time, but they are wonderfully integrated and balance the wine out nicely. Finish: Long smooth finish that lingers. I am sure this will be better with time, but why wait? It is good now. This is one of those wines that makes you want to drink more and more. Day2: Nose is still a bit tight but carries wonderful scents of earth and dark fruit. Taste: Still nicely balanced with dark fruits and the same long finish. Honestly didn't change a lot. Good stuff!
Color: Nice dark red. Nose: Opened at a party and had in a too small white wine glass. Seemed to have a nice nose of earth, herbs and dark fruit. Taste: Nicely balanced flavors of dark fruits, leather, earth and some wood. Medium to fuller body and medium finish. Tasted with several bottles from Spain and Ca. and everyone remarked at how balanced and smooth this was. I actually liked it more than the Clio since it was so much more easy to drink. BTW, only decanted about 1 hr. Seemed like plenty of time upon tasting. Gonna get more!
Don't drink this yet, and if you do make sure to give this plenty of air. Ordered off a restaurant wine list, knowing full and well that it wouldn't have enough time to really come together. Still, by the end of the meal some of its real quality began to show. The overwhelming dimension right now though is the oak. And I mean extremely overwhelming. Two hours on we saw the first faint glimpses of fruit, but it was hard to find. I suggest giving this four years or if you have to drink now a serious decant.
Drank on a long weekend on Perdido Key, Florida. Didn't take notes, so will just give overall impression: EXCELLENT. Maybe my favorite Toro Termes ever. Very vibrant and spicy with silky tannins, unobtrusive oak and racy acidity. Will be even better with a couple years in the cellar. Plan to get more.
CWM Gourmet Dinner #4 (Morocco) (Scubarex house): I think this was another bottle brought by Allred. I drank this on its own after dinner but before dessert. I believe this is 100% Temperanillo. The biggest wine that night. Blackish red color. A thick wine with notes of wet earth and blackberry. The fruit was sweet. Good balance. 92 points.
An excellent wine for the price. A good QPR. Popped and poured. Only had two glasses and second one was markedly better than the first that leads me to believe this wine will be better with some decanting. Dark purple color. Pleasant nose. Rich fruit and tannins stand out. A recommended wine if you have not tried this one yet.
Brilliant Purple in color with rich aromas of blueberries, violets and new leather rising from the glass. Comes off as rich yet elegant but with an animal hint to it that really tempts you to take that first sip. First impression in the mouth is of black currant and vanilla but then as it hits your mid palate it explodes with ripe raspberry fruit and an earthy minerality that leaves you feeling refreshed. The finish is super long and reminiscent of the raspberry fruit on the mid-palate. This wine is a conundrum. Pleasing in so many ways and on so many levels.
Has a good body and structure for a tempranillo, but the fruit on the front appeared tight, midpalate had a heavy earthy edge, and finish had legs but flavors were light. Seems ot have building blocks to improve over time, i think it needs 2 - 4 years to strutt its stuff, for now high 80s.
A bit of a disappointment after trying the next step up -- Numanthia. Termes was very dark in color with a wonderful nose of dark fruit, mocha, and toasty oak. On the palate, the inital taste was sweet and full however the hindpalate fell apart. It was clunky, tannic, and slightly bitter. I would like to say this was just young but I honestly don't see this coming together any better with age.
"Mellow"? This dark purple infant serves up only a little on the nose; black fruit, mocha/coffee, earth/spice notes relected on the palate. But this is seriously tannic and needs time unless you like the iron fist treatment. Will decant next one for hours...and I think my score will be conservative.