(from ungrafted vines that date back at least 120 years-from before phylloxera arrived in Spain-according to importer Jorge Ordonez) Saturated medium ruby. Nose like a first-growth Bordeaux: raspberry, cassis, violet, lead pencil and baking spices. Utterly suave on entry, then extremely fine-grained in the middle palate. A huge but tightly wound wine, with great penetration on the palate and no sense of excess weight. Juicy and wonderfully long, but the wine's fruit flavors are kept under wrap by strong tannins. Like a Pauillac on steroids. The yield here was reportedly about half a ton per acre. This was aged in 200% new oak, including a second pass through new Darnajou barrels. Extraordinary wine. (ST) 95+
The flagship offering, the 2001 Numanthia, is fashioned from a 70-100 year old Tinta de Toro vineyard planted at a 2300 foot elevation. After a 28 day maceration, the wine undergoes malolactic in barrel, is aged 19 months in new French oak, and is bottled without fining or filtration. The spectacular, opaque purple-colored 2001 offers an explosive nose of melted licorice, barbecue smoke, blackberries, creme de cassis, camphor, and graphite. Full-bodied with gorgeously rich, concentrated fruit, a layered texture, and tremendous purity, it can be drunk young, but should hit its prime in 1-2 years, and last for 10-15. (RP)
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