2013 Luna Beberide Mencía Bierzo (Previously 14)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)