Our evening began to wind down with our fourth course. With dessert yet to come, I took advantage of the slowing pace of the evening to spend more time with Termanthia.
Unlike both Termes and Numanthia, which are blends of great vineayrd plots, Termanthia is produced with the fruit of a single vineyard, serving as the highest expression of the potential for Tinta de Toro in the Numanthia line up. Here we have ancient vines, 100- to 130-years-old, planted while the incandescent lightbulb and telephone were being pioneered. The vines yield microscopic quantities of remarkable fruit.
Termanthia is about power and longevity, about the deeply rooted history of Toro, and about the history of deep, ungrafted roots. To be honest, it is a wine that can be challenging in its youth, revealing so much of itself only with the passage of time in one's cellar. But even tonight, with the richness of the short rib and the cheeses, the balance and sheer depth of fruit that Termanthia is capable of achieving was on full display.