This Way In >>

numanthia tasting at mansion-3

Here’s why Numanthia wines should be on your list and in your cellar


tasting Numanthia with Christian Tavelli, Ed Kukol and Numanthia winemaker Manuel Louzada at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

tasting Numanthia with Christian Tavelli, Ed Kukol and Numanthia winemaker Manuel Louzada at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

tasting Numanthia with Christian Tavelli, Ed Kukol and Numanthia winemaker Manuel Louzada at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

Big Eye tuna is Louzada’s favorite paring with Numanthia Termes wine

tasting Numanthia with Christian Tavelli, Ed Kukol and Numanthia winemaker Manuel Louzada at the Mansion on Turtle Creek
tasting Numanthia with Christian Tavelli, Ed Kukol and Numanthia winemaker Manuel Louzada at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

Numanthia winemaker Manuel Louzada

Not all that long ago — a quarter century or so — nobody drank Spanish wine, or at least nobody cared to. Winemakers in the land of conquistadors and world explorers weren’t making anything worth drinking. All that imported wine and inexpensive cava had to go somewhere, so it often made its way into a pitcher of beach sangria or ended up wrapped in a bag and consumed on the stoop of a 7-11.

Thankfully, those days are long gone, replaced by winemakers like Alvara Palacios, who makes the highly regarded L’Ermita in the Priorat, and Manuel Louzada, whose Numanthia Bodega produces top-notch wines in the Toro DOC, in the northwest of Spain, which means they’re also some of the best in Spain.

I’ve sipped and swirled with Louzada before, and I never grow tired of his enthusiasm for tinta de toro, the grapes he’s using to make his three Numanthia wines: Numanthia, Termanthia and Termes.

“Manuel always produces wines with a perfect balance between fruit, terroir and a winemaker’s hand,” is how my friend Ed Kukol put it. (Kukol helps market the Numanthia portfolio for Moet Hennessy USA, but he has a keen palate and knows what he’s talking about.) He’s right.

Even before Louza took over the reigns at Numanthia five years ago — back when he was the lead winemaker at Cheval des Andes — his wines have had  presence, they’ve had weight. They’ve had delicious, ripe fruit balanced by bright acidity and a sturdy tannic backbone. This is especially true in his Termanthia, a limited production wine made from 200-year-old vines that yield just 0.7 tons per acre.

“I try to capture in the bottle what I taste in the vineyard,” Louzada tells me over lunch at the Mansion on Turtle Creeek, where we are joined by Kukol and Mansion managing director Christian Tavelli. “When you taste the Termanthia, you taste the 140-year-old vines in the grapes, that complex interplay between earth and fruit. There’s a tension between the tannins and the acidity, the sweetness, the texture, the complex nose.”

“When I took over Numanthia, the vines were already well cared for,” says Louzada. “We moved from 90 percent organic farming to 100 percent, and continued to harvest everything by hand.” He pauses to take a bite of Big Eye tuna and a sip of Termes, his favorite pairing for the blended red wine. He lifts his glass, inspects the deep ruby color, then continues. “With five harvests under my belt, I’m happy the winery’s owners trusted me to keep production small.”

 

 

 

Recently Published

ginos-rvn
»

Gino’s East brings Chicago deep dish pizza franchise to Arlington, to open May 4

May 4 is opening day for the Arlington branch coming to Austin-based ...

lash
»

New Dallas liquor delivery service, Lash, sends spirits, mixers to your door

If last weekend is still a little fuzzy, your liquor cabinet may be ...

revolver taco
»

Revolver Taco Lounge to relocate from Fort Worth to Dallas, complains they don’t want to be part of FW’s West 7th is “corporate monopoly”

Revolver Taco Lounge is closing up shop in Fort Worth’s West ...

judd
»

Judd Fruia of the Ranch at Las Colinas to appear on Fox & Friends Sunday for ACM Awards Party preview

  Unless you’re listening to nothing but NPR, ...

owners shot
»

bbbop Seoul Kitchen set to open in Dallas (with Korean fried chicken!) on Monday, April 20

Bbbob Seoul Kitchen is set to open their ...

The bar has a very inviting feel. Even a bluebird would like it.
»

April 24 Beer Dinner at Cook Hall to feature Grapevine Craft Brewery suds

Cook Hall, the marquee restaurant at the W Dallas Victory Hotel, ...

cane rosso houston pizza oven
»

Jay Jerrier sends proof that a Houston Cane Rosso is underway

Is Houston getting ...

vertical wine bottles
»

Bottle Rockets: Big “Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux” wine tasting on Wednesday, April 22 – and tickets are just $40!

Crazy about wines from Bordeaux (the village in France, not the ...

Velvet-Taco-Fort-Worth-Texas-8
»

Velvet Taco expanding to Houston

Houston, get ready for Back Door Chicken! See this building? ...