Painted Rock Estate Owned, Merlot
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StyleFull & Opulent
Vintage2008 / 2009 / 2010
The production area for the wines of Toro lies at the western extremity of the Castilla y Leon region, in North-Western Spain. This is a place of long-standing wine-making traditions, as the vineyards go back to Ancient Roman times. During the Middle Ages, wines from here were enjoyed all over Spain, as their trading was encouraged by a royal privilege. Taken on board Spanish fleets, wines from Toro were also part of the New World adventure. Later, at the end of the 19th century, the region’s wines were exported to other European countries hard-hit by the Phylloxera crisis. The Numanthia estate lies near the small village of Valdefinjas, in the province of Zamora. The estate was founded in 1998 by the Eguren family, from the Rioja region. From the start, the aim of Marcos and Miguel Eguren was to produce the best wine from Toro. The name associates the towns of Numancia and Tiermes, known in ancient times for their resistance to the Roman invader. When attacked by the legions of Scipio in 134 BC, their inhabitants resisted heroically, preferring death to surrender. Numancia thus came to symbolise tenacity and resistance, which is also a feature of the Toro vineyard that survive the extreme local climatic conditions, not to mention Phylloxera attacks. The single grape variety is called Tinta de Toro, with vines whose average age is over 50 years. This variety is specific to the Toro region: belonging to the Tempranillo family, the bunches are quite big, but the berries are tiny, producing very deep colour and strong tannins when the yields are kept low. It is sometimes said of the Tinta de Toro that it is the blackest of black grapes. After 18 to 20 months in barrels, the wines are racked and blended. Bottling takes place in June of the second year following harvest. The wines are neither fined nor filtered to preserve all their fruit and structure. Intense and complex, there are several layers of aromatics in this lively nose: first some extremely intense notes of red and black fruits (blackberries, raspberries, redcurrants and cassis), perfectly integrated with sweet spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper) vanilla and toasted characters.