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Numanthia Toro 2012

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Winemaker Notes

#84 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2017

Color: bright and dominant deep red with thin layer of intense ruby and bluish nuances.

Aroma: intense and fresh wine with notes of ripe black fruit, berries and cassis accompanied by species such as black pepper and toasted notes in addition to cocoa. Numanthia 2012 is a sweet wine with a minty freshness which highlights its complexity.

Mouth: the entrance is sharp and direct but gentle. On the palate, Numanthia 2012 is very structured and its evolution is vigorous and round. It presents flavors of cassis, cherries and coffee. The finish is fresh and persistent.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Deep, dense and pure from the opening bell, this Toro is a winner. Aromas of dark ripe black fruits are cool and moderately oaked. This feels massive on the palate but sensationally balanced. Flavors of blackberry, coffee, mocha and toasty oak finish spicy, smooth and heady. Drink this exemplary Toro through 2023.
Editors’ Choice
WS 93
Wine Spectator
This rich, generous red delivers plum pudding, dark chocolate and baking spice flavors, with loamy earth and licorice notes. The tannins are muscular but well-integrated, balanced by balsamic acidity. Drink now through 2028.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The eponymous 2012 Numanthia is sourced from vineyards ranging from 60 to 100 years of age across the Toro appellation (they have around 100 hectares of vineyards... spread across 100 separate plots!). The wine matured in brand new oak barrels for 22 months. The aromas are mostly oak related with some toasted sesame seeds, sweet vanilla and cinnamon, some licorice and chocolate, and a core of very ripe black fruit. The oak is obviously of very good quality, but at the moment it dominates the wine and with time what emerges is still toffee, smoke and coal. The palate reveals a very young wine that is dense, tremendous, with high dry extract, concentrated, powerful, and full of dusty tannins and oak-related flavors. This beast needs a good couple of years to be tamed down by the bottle. This is a bodybuilder of a Toro -- oaky and highly extracted in its style. The 2014 will see a change and will not have 100% new oak.
JS 92
James Suckling
Rich red with pure aromas of ripe blackberries, cherry and plums. Slate and chocolate, too. Full body, an excellent fruit concentration and wonderful freshness on the palate. Compact, structured and delicious. Drink now or hold.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
The 2012 vintage was one of the warmest and driest in the last 50 years in Toro, but apparently the 50- to 100-year-old vines that provided the fruit for this wine managed the heat: This 2012 offers up a generous mouthful of fruit and spice flavor in a soft, round texture, toasted wood notes framing the wine.
D 91
Decanter

A splendid bottle with an evolved herbal, sweet spice and mocha oak nose and palate. It's full bodied with lots of personality and a long finish.

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Numanthia is located in the Toro region of Spain. Its four vineyards are located along the south bank of the Duero River.

The wine is named after a legendary Spanish city that was destroyed (after 20 yrs of resistance) by Roman legions. It is to Spain what the hilltop village of Masada is to Israel: a monument of history. Its 40 hectares of land are covered with an abundance of elements derived from the disintegration of Pliocene grit, clay and limestone.

Numanthia's first vintage was produced in 1998 and received a 95-point rating from Robert Parker. Since then, the Toro region has been producing wines that have begun to rival those of Spain's richest wine-producing regions of Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Priorat.

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Spain's remote, high elevation wine zone between the regions of Bierzo and Ribera del Duero produces intense, full-bodied reds made from Tempranillo, locally called Tinta de Toro. This local variant has adapted to the region’s climatic extremes and recognizing its potential, top producers from Ribera del Duero and Rioja have invested heavily in its vineyards.

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Notoriously food-friendly, long-lasting and Spain’s most widely planted grape, Tempranillo is the star variety of red wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The Rioja terms Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva indicate both barrel and bottle time before release. Traditionally blended in Rioja with Garnacha, plus a bit of Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, the Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero typically stands alone. Somm Secret—Tempranillo claims many different names depending on location. In Penedès, it is called Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Known as Tinta Roriz in Portugal, Tempranillo plays an important role in Port.

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