Spain produces an extraordinary amount of wine. Two years ago, I toured the largest wine-producing regions in Spain and was overwhelmed by the expanse of vines planted all throughout the arid countryside. One day, Spanish wines will be big sellers in the U.S. But right now, because of poor marketing and recognition as well as distribution focus on other countries like Italy, France, Australia, and Chile, the Spanish wines are a mystery to many American wine drinkers. Me included! However, if you want a mind-bending introduction to Spanish wine and the Tempranillo grape that is so prevalent in Iberia, raise a glass of Numanthia Termes!
2002 Numanthia Termes:
The Termes is 100% Tinta de Toro (grape type), which is a clone of the Tempranillo grape
Mulling spices and other exotic spices on the nose
Raisins and plums on the palate
Long, ever-changing finish with cranberry, pepper, and probably many other subtleties
In summary, this wine is as unique as red wine can be. And truthfully, it's a bargain around $20. You may find it priced anywhere between $18-$25. I found it in Florida for $20 and used a discount card to get 10% off, walking out of the store with three bottles. Of course, Wine Spectator fell in love with this wine and gave it its place in history as the number 3 wine on the Top 100 Wines of the Year for 2004. The top ten wines on this annual list usually sell out before I finish reading the article. Seriously, if you find it, buy it. And share it with someone. This wine is remarkable! It won't be a $20 wine for long.