Inky ruby. Primal dark berry aromas are complemented by smoky licorice and herbal and floral nuances. A firm mineral spine supports juicy blackberry and cherry flavors, with dusty tannins adding grip. Becomes sweeter on the finish, leaving behind a strong raspberry quality. I’d give this a year or so to flesh out. Stephen Tanzer
Luna Beberide Mencia Bierzo Red
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91pts Wine Advocate– 2018 vintage
The 2018 Mencía was also bottled at the time of my visit to Bierzo in December 2018, and I was surprised at how well the wine was showing just a few days after being bottled. It’s young, dark, juicy and fleshy, with good bones and nice acidity to support them, with clean flavors.
This is really pleasant, fruit-driven and straightforward, and light in alcohol. This was bottled completely unoaked. 150,000 bottles produced. Drink Date 2019 – 2022
91pts Vinous– 2018 vintage
Deep ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented cherry and dark berries show very good energy and focus. Blackberry, bitter cherry and licorice on the palate, along with suggestions of dark chocolate and violet.
Opens up slowly with air and finishes very long and floral with smooth, even tannins and lingering florality. Drink 2020-2025
90pts View from the Cellar– 2018 vintage
The 2018 Mencía from Luna Beberide is produced from thirty year-old vineyards that are planted on clay and limestone. It is fermented and raised in stainless steel tanks and bottled unfiltered. This is the bodegas’ entry level bottling of Mencía and it has been a superb value that last three or four vintages that I have tasted.
The 2018 continues the string of successes, offering up a bright and complex bouquet of cassis, pomegranate, tree bark, woodsmoke and a fine base of dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and beautifully balanced, with a lovely foundation of soil tones, a good core of fruit, suave, modest tannins and a long, focused and complex finish.
This is light on its feet, but has great intensity of flavor and superb backend lift. At well under twenty dollars a bottle here in the US, it is an absolute steal (yet, again)! 2020- 2035.