New Vintage of a Guild Favorite!

New Vintage of a Guild Favorite!

Posted on Jun, 23. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

Today I’m bringing you a wine we had great success with in a past vintage — the 2008 Numanthia Toro Termes from Spain. We offered this wine a couple of years ago in the 2006 vintage, and it was a complete blowout (despite the fact that the Guild membership was about half of what it is today). I’ll repeat my background comments from that offer here, since I was just about to write essentially the same thing:

There’s nothing more fun for me as a Board member of the Guild than putting out offers on wines that excite me (hopefully my passion comes through in email as well as Will’s does). I get especially geeked up when a wine I know REALLY well becomes available in reasonable quantities, and has exceptional supporting reviews from major publications. This is just such an occasion, so please pardon my effusiveness:

I’ve been awaiting the 2006 Numanthia Toro Termes for about six months, the time since I finished my last bottle of the 2005. This wine has been a mainstay in our cellar for a few years, since I first discovered it in about the 2002 vintage. I’d been drinking the regular Numanthia for years before that, as it would get pretty consistent mid-90s ratings at a $35-40 price point. When I finally came across the “little brother” wine at roughly $20, I figured “why not” and was similarly impressed by a consistently great value at that price. Parker got on board early, and has rated the 2002 – 2005 vintages of the Termes 90 / 90 / 94 / 92. The CellarTracker community ratings on this wine over that period are similarly largely in the low 90s. Parker’s review of the 2006 has not been published yet, but WineSpectator just came out with theirs, and they raved so strongly they named it a “Highly Recommended” selection — one of their top 5 wines of the issue!

The 2008 Numanthia Toro Termes continues this wine’s long history of consistent execution, with strong scores from Wine Spectator (91) and Tanzer (91) (Parker’s reviews of 2008 in Spain will be published in about a week). The Wine Spectator tasting note is very typical for this wine:

This bold red matches ripe blackberry and currant flavors with toast, dark chocolate and oak notes. The tannins are firm and well-integrated, and the smoky mineral note is alluring. Drink now through 2016. 7,000 cases made. –TM

In addition, the CellarTracker scores are consistently in the low-90s. If you enjoy well-made, high quality Spanish wines that are bold and full of flavor, but with class and balance, this is a great choice for you. I can’t emphasize enough the consistent quality of this estate and this bottling, and the broad palate appeal. This is an absolutely solid across-the-board wine that everyone will enjoy, at a price that’s more than reasonable (at least until Parker’s review comes out next week)…

2008 Numanthia Toro Termes, Toro, Spain
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $22.74 • Premier Cru: $23.77 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $33.00
Buy Now!

The distributor only recently brought this offer to our attention (after a bunch of it had already been spoken for), but we immediately ordered everything they had in stock. Quantities are limited, however, so please get back to us promptly with your interest and we will allocate if need be.

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