This week’s wine of the week comes from the DO of Toro in Spain in the province of Zamora, located in the west of the region of Castilla y León. It is from the well-known winery Numanthia. While a tad less famous than Numanthia and Termanthia, I also find it more affordable and approachable. Retailing at around $20, check out Wine-Searcher, it’s a beautiful expression of the Tempranillo grape in Toro where it is known as Tinta de Toro. The Toro region has been famous since Roman times for its great red wines.
I first tried this wine at a Numanthia dinner back in 2011 hosted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Editor-in-Chief of Snooth. I thought the wines were lovely and the dinner pairings were outstanding at the time. I recently tried the Termes again and thought it a lovely wine and a great value. It made me want to hop on a plane to Spain tomorrow.
The wine comes from vineyards located at 700 meters above sea level and 30-50 year old vines. It macerates for an extended time on the skins before fermentation at controlled temperatures. Post-fermentation, the wine spends 16 months in one year old French barrels.
On the nose and palate, you get the berries you expect from Tempranillo driven wines together with pepper and spice, cedar notes and a hint of leather and cacao. If you can afford the pricier Numanthia and Termanthia, they are certainly wines to try once in a lifetime. If you can’t, I think you’ll find the Termes a great alternative from this region.