Our second course was probably my favorite of the night, a gorgeous piece of pork belly served with braised chard, charred figs and a Numanthia reduction! This was just a killer dish that worked perfectly with the 2008 Numanthia, allowing the wine to reveal its richness and balance. The fat of the dish helped to temper the structure in the wine, allowing us an early look at the wine's full potential.
Unlike Termes, Numanthia is not a young vines cuvee but a blend, based on the low yields of 70- to 100-year-old ungrafted vines of Tinta de Toro. Here we find an expression of the terroir of Toro, wrenched from the deep soils by ancient roots and concentrated by low yields. Numanthia delivers nuance and power with fine balance and elegance.