2006 Luna Beberide Mencia Bierzo, Spain

SKU #1037536

90 points and a "Best Buy" designation from Wine Enthusiast and #70 on the "Top 100 Best Buys of 2007": "Young and a bit fiery at first, but give it time in the glass and it unfolds in a way that you would never expect for a wine of this price. Medium-bodied without any harshness, it has Mencía’s typical soft tannins and berry compote flavors backed by a touch of char and vanilla. A super good wine that proudly represents Bierzo at the value level." (11/1/2007) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful purple. Fresh red- and blackcurrant aromas are brightened by racy minerality and a hint of white pepper. Lively red berry flavors are braced by firm acidity and complicated by smoky herbs. Finishes with very good length." (Sept. 2007) Also listed as a "Best Buy Red Wines $20 and Under" in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Feb. 2008) If you've never had Mencia this is the perfect place to start. Similar to Cabernet Franc in style Mencia typically has bright red fruits and a somewhat spicy character. This wine is no exception to that rule. The wine smells similar to freshly ground coffee beans, sweet yet bitter at the same time. Backed up with sappy blackberry fruit and a touch of volcanic ash this has a lot of complexity for such a reasonably priced wine. It gets a bit brighter on entry displaying Rainer cherry with underlying mesquite smoke and a dusting of white pepper. This is simply a great bang for your buck wine. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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