The 2013 Numanthia is a blend of the best terroirs in the Toro appellation. It was sourced from very old vineyards (70 to 100 years of age). It underwent a cold soak, prolonged maceration and aging in brand new French barriques that lasted some 16-18 months. It has abundant toasty aromas over a core of ripe cherries and plums, with an earthy touch. The palate is full-bodied with plenty of slightly dusty tannins and a dry finish. 45,000 bottles produced. This should be released in April-May 2017. 2017 - 2022
|Score: 91+||Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (229), February 2017|
The region, close to the famous Ribera del Duero, is awakening the interest of wine lovers with its powerful Tempranillo-based red wines and is beginning to emerge from the shadow of its famous neighbour.
Toro is located in Castilla-León, in northwestern Spain, near Portugal. The region gets its name from the city of Toro, an ancient city settled along the Duero River (Douro) and one of the centres of Mudejar art. Wine-growing is a very old activity in this province. Indeed, the wines of Toro were very popular and very appreciated by the kings of Spain since at least the XIIIth century.
The vineyards are spread out on a high plateau at heights of between 600 and 800 metres. The region of Toro has a continental climate that implies extreme temperature differences between the seasons. It is warmer here than in the Ribera del Duero because the vineyards are lower.
The River Duero is the essential source of water for the vineyards, which are not far from this water point so as not to risk their survival. The hot days, low rainfall and strong sunshine make it possible to produce powerful red wines with a high alcohol content.