An excellent bottle but not one of the better vintages of Numanthia. Deep ruby in color. The nose has clay, dust and plenty of black cherries. A bit thinner in body than other vintages. Nice black cherry fruit on the palate. Drinking fine right now. Very food friendly for a wide range of foods.
Of course, 2003 was an extremely hot vintage all across Spain. Some wines were over ripe while in other cases, the vines simply shut down causing under ripe wines. No worries here. This wine was excellent. Deep ruby in color if a bit flat. The nose is interesting. Dusty with cherries and black cherries and a hint of mint. On the palate, this has lush black cherries. Some initial heat but it smoothed out with a bit of air. It is a bit riper than most vintages but not too much. Drinking well now and for the next five to ten years.
Dull purple in color. The nose is nice. Fresh and earthy with some cherries. On the palate, this has bright cherries. A bit lighter than other vintages. It faded quickly in the glass. Still quite good but this probably needs to be consumed in the next few years if this bottle was representative. More red cherries than black cherries.
Easily the star in a vertical of older vintages of Numanthia. Inky purple in color. The nose has slight coconut with ripe black cherries and some spice. On the palate, this is lush, deep and still youthful. Black cherry fruit. Firm medium tannins. Long finish. Just a delicious wine that will doubtless last another decade and probably two as it matures. This will need bigger food to stand up to it.
This wine is showing its age and was a unanimous choice for last place in our vertical. That said, it is still worth drinking if you own a bottle, just lower expectations. Purple in color. The nose is a bit dusty with just a bit of diluted cherry fruit left. On the palate, this lacks fruit. There is a bit of a root beer note that is interesting. Slightly bitter on the finish. It has some depth. Of course, at age 19, bottles will vary.
This is drinking quite well and youthfully at age 20. Purple in color, no signs of bricking. On the nose there is spice, cherries and funk/barnyard. Still has reasonably firm tannins on the palate. This is deep and complex with slightly jammy black cherry fruit. It is a bit drying on the finish. Overall, this is delicious and seems more like a five to seven year old wine. Should have no problem lasting another decade. It is a big wine and will need bigger food to pair with it.
I bought this on the recommendation of Wes at the local wine store. Good call. It was my tasting group's WOTN (#2 for me). And for $25, a pretty good value. Closer to $18 for those in other states with less restrictive laws. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is initially tight but opens with air. Cherries and some dark cherries with a nice dusty quality. On the palate, this has a juicy and lush texture. Medium tannins. Plenty of black cherry fruit. Good finish. A bit more modern in style but not full blown. This works on its own and will work well at the table too.
Sadly, this was badly corked. A shame as it was my last bottle.
This is a very modern take on Rioja. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is tight. With air it shows black cherries and black raspberries. Also some spice. On the palate, this is deep and delicious. Firm tannins. Bright black cherry fruit. Blind, I would have probably guessed California Grenache. Still, it is delicious and inexpensive (under $20). It would make a great party wine. Not sure how well this will age. It might be fun to lay a bottle or two down.
Ruby in color with slight browning. The nose has spice, clay and cherries. It also has a ton of dill which was off putting to some. The dill does carry thru to the palate, so be warned if that is a sensitivity. Others liked it. Firm tannins. Nice black cherry fruit. Good balance. Works better with food than alone. Pretty classic Rioja in style.