Any aspiring collectors should add a case of this to their stash. The 2004 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.
As one of the breakthrough producers of the Toro region in northwest Spain, Numanthia is a producer well-known for their bottles made from Tempranillo. Named after the neighboring town of Numancia, this producer is credited to playing a key role in bringing the region into the international spotlight. The 130 year old vines are dispersed across numerous small plots on the hilly, dry soils along the banks of the cherished Duero River- near the Portuguese border. Numanthia is most well-known for its Termanthia wine which is made from a single 11-acre parcel of 120-year-old vines, and although the estate was originally founded in 1998, it has been owned by LVMH since 2008.
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