2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo (Previously 14)

SKU #1210800 91 points Wine & Spirits

 Mencía at its best can be sweetly ripe while still tasting as vibrant and juicy as this wine does. It's full of crisp red fruit and nuanced spice-eminently drinkable. In fact, there's little better to accompany charcuterie.  (10/2014)

90 points Vinous

 Bright violet color. Lively and focused on the nose, displaying scents of red berries, cherry pit, licorice and fresh flowers. Tangy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and put on weight with aeration. Clean, minerally and precise, with strong closing thrust and lingering spiciness. (JR)  (9/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The entry-level 2013 Mencía is a 150,000-bottle cuvée of un-oaked red wine from vines on chalk and clay soils. It has a very clean nose of red and black fruit, focused, and sharp, developing some licorice aromas with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy fruit and clean flavors, supple and satisfying, easy to drink. A very pleasant Mencía. (LG)  (1/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 This respected Bierzo producer's base-level Mencía is jumpy on the nose, with floral berry and plum aromas. It feels fresh and bright, with ample structure. Standard berry, plum and currant flavors come with notes of spice, while the finish is forward and fresh.  (10/2014)

Wine Spectator

 This red is bright and juicy, with black cherry and grape flavors accented by cola and fresh herb notes. Offers gentle tannins and lively acidity, offset by a hint of spritz. (Web Only—2014)

K&L Notes

Based in the D.O. of Bierzo, just to the west of León, Luna Beberide is one of the longtime leaders in this region, with a track record of steadily producing terrific Mencía-based wines, full of fruit but with nice minerality. In fact, some of the next wave of exciting young Spanish winemakers, Gregory Perez for example, have helped to make wine at Luna Beberide. Their introductory Mencía is delicious and a textbook example of the sturdy, yet fresh style of wines from this western outpost of Castilla y León. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2015 | Send Email
Bright, fresh, juicy...lots of zingy red berry fruit, floral notes and exotic spice. High energy wine with nice concentration without being heavy and extracted. Great value.
Top Value!

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2015 | Send Email
This is a warmer, richer somewhat riper take on the Mencia grape but there is enough freshness and balance to carry the day. This screaming value is a great introduction to the wines of the Bierzo region with pepper and earth accents adding complexity and fine, ripe tannins holding the finish together. Amazing bang for the buck here.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2015 | Send Email
This is a juicy, lovely little food wine that brings just enough ripe fruit flavor to help balance out the mineral undercurrents. Nowhere near as overpowering as a Cote du Rhone or jammy Zinfandel, think of this Mencia as a more restrained bistro wine, or California red before the new wave of big points/big power took over. A true throwback wine at a hot price.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2015 | Send Email
Here's a ripe and delicious expression of the signature red grape of Bierzo, the Mencía. Filled with succulent and exotic fruit flavors, mineral-rich and delivering supple tannins, this wine is as fresh and easy-drinking as it gets -- a super smart buy at 14 bucks. Take it to your next BBQ for a fresh and bold new taste this summer.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2015 | Send Email
Wow - How do they get so much wine into this Bierzo for such a low price? The folks at Luna Beberide have made a dark, concentrated wine that has the lift and bracing vibrancy to stay in great balance. I can't wait to rip into this with some ribs in the backyard!
Top Value!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2015 | Send Email
Deep purple in hue, this Mencia offers aromas of dark plum, thyme, and sage. The body is full, soft, and generous with a hint of pepper and mineral presence. Red plum and blueberry fruit are balanced on the palate by fine tannins and good acidity structure. Charming, well-balanced Mencia with depth and complexity!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2015 | Send Email
This wine is so delicious, so full of bright, expressive, mineral driven, and yet intensely fruited, spicy, Mencía fruit, that if it happened to say "Syrah" on the label and come from California, I know this would have multiple high scores and sell for nearly twice the price. Fortunately for the value seekers out there, a lesser known grape variety means a great wine for a very friendly price. Load up!

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Alcohol Content (%): 14