Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Numanthia Termes 2000 wine review by (PB)

I am reticent to open a bottle of something“special” unless there is a special occasion. There was no special occasion but I made Osso Bucco and Milanese risotto; that’s special enough for me! So I needed a special wine and this is the one I chose. It cost me $22 but it was difficult to find and cannot be found now. I loved this wine as did (NW) when we first discovered it (see previous reviews) so I went back and bought the only other bottle in existence in my world.

This Spanish red made of 100% Tinto De Toro grapes is medium to dark cherry in color with a rich lovely bouquet of fruit, berries, cherries and joy.

In the mouth it breeds an initial shot of anise but the fruit is tighter than a drum. Tannins are vibrant and bright. This wine should be great once it opens.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! A slight candied bouquet with anise is prominent. In the mouth it is seductive licorice and plum with slight mocha(?) Hints. All in all this wine has several years of life ahead. Fabulous-exquisite-lovely! As time goes on, more layers pop up; layers of dried fruit (cherries) and a little cinnamon on the rear palate; WOW! It just keeps giving.

It was superior with my Osso Bucco but alas, the only flaw with this wine is that it is now GONE! I couldn't raise a glass if I wanted to...and I WOULD want to!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just came across this blog, since you mention Sebastiani's Cabernet, check out the Guenoc Petite Sirah, hopefully available near you (2002 most likely), and should in the $12 range.