Numanthia 2012


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Numanthia, Toro, Spain 2012 

100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) aged in new French oak for around 18 months. 

Numanthia 2012 is an intense, robust and vivacious wine with phenomenal structure. It evolves to become vigorous and round, revealing flavours of cherries and coffee. The finish is long and fresh. 

"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." LG 92/100 

The name Numanthia comes from an antique city, whose people heroically resisted the Romans, choosing to die rather than surrender. The vines, due to the high altitude of the vineyard, were not affected by Phylloxera and the vineyard has been in existence for 1000 years. 

Numanthia's style relies on a selection of exceptional ungrafted vineyards, mostly aged 70 to 100 years. These low yielding vines offer, year after year, extreme concentration of fruit with intensity and structure. Producing a solidly built wine, with tannins that are both sharp and well integrated. This is wine for ageing in your cellar or if you do drink soon we would recommend an hour in the decanter. To be served with food. 

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