Luna Beberide Mencia

"This is always a champion in its category...Ideal for the table." —
Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Bierzo D.O.
100% Mencia, from estate gown vines averaging 30-years-old
725-775 meters / calcareous clay
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested into small boxes; Late September/ early October
Fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks
Aged for a few months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, no oak.
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Luna Beberide Mencia 2014
90 (VM) 89+ (VfC)
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90 Vinous Media Bright violet color. Fresh red and dark berry scents, along with suggestions of white pepper and licorice. Juicy and tightly focused on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering sappy blackberry, bitter cherry and lavender flavors supported by a spine of zesty acidity. Finishes with firm grip, chewy tannins and very good length, leaving a subtle floral quality behind. This wine was raised entirely in stainless steel and bottled without filtration. 2018 – 2022
89+ View from the Cellar The 2014 Mencía from Bodegas Luna Beberide is all fermented and raised in stainless steel tanks, having been sourced from vines that average twenty-five to thirty years of age. The wine is pretty ripe at 13.5 percent alcohol, but shows good freshness in its bouquet of cassis, black cherries, graphite, espresso, a touch of tree bark, lovely spice tones and a fine base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and solid at the core, with a bit of backend tannin, fine focus and grip and very good length on the nascently complex finish. This wine has excellent stuffing and depth for its price point, which is well under twenty dollars a bottle here in New York! 2016-2025+.
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Luna Beberide Mencia 2015
91 (VfC) 90 (RP) 89 (W&S) ** (excellent) (WP)
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91 View from the Cellar The 2015 Mencía from Bodegas Luna Beberide is their entry level bottling and fermented and raised entirely in stainless steel prior to bottling. The bouquet of the new vintage is still a touch youthfully reductive and needs a touch of air to blossom, after which it offers up a fine constellation of dark berries, grilled meats, espresso, slate, graphite and a topnote of beautiful spice tones and lavender. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and complex, with a lovely core, fine focus and balance, modest tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. This is a beautiful bottle of Bierzo Mencía, with the clay and limestone soils here giving the wine fine mid-palate amplitude and fine soil signature. This is a great value, as it is seventeen dollars a bottle here in the US! 2017-2035.
90 The Wine Advocate The entry-level red is the 2015 Mencía, an unoaked, fresh, young and fleshy red. This is always a champion in its category showing intense aromas of balsamic herbs, even a touch of mint, ripe blackberries, dark cherries and a juicy, chewy palate with very fine tannins. Ideal for the table. 150,000 bottles produced.
Issue 224, April 2016
89 Wine & Spirits Magazine With its spark of red fruit, this mencía has a bright freshness. The structure is tight and firm, but acidity makes it juicy and easy to drink.
August 2016
** (excellent) The Washington Post The mencia grape of northwestern Spain produces wine that resembles cabernet franc, with smoky white pepper and Bing cherries. Give this beauty a slight chill and pair it with burgers off the grill. ABV: 13.5 percent.
June 24, 2017
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Luna Beberide Mencia 2016
91 (VfC) 90+ (RP) 90 (IWR) 89 (W&S) 88 (WS)
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91 View from the Cellar I have been very impressed with the quality of the straight Mencía bottling from Bodegas Luna Beberide in the last few vintages and the 2016 is again, an excellent wine and a superb value. As readers may recall, this is the entry level bottling from the bodegas and is raised solelyin stainless steel tanks. The 2016 offers up a fine and impressively complex nose of pomegranate, dark berries, graphite, cola, a fine base of soil tones, a bit of roasted meats, wild fennel and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and marvelously transparent, with a good core, tangy acids and fine focus and grip on the moderately tannic, complex and classy finish. This is still priced well under twenty dollars a bottle and is a stunning bargain. Buy it by the case, as it will age beautifully! 2018-2040.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
90+ The Wine Advocate Following the good line I saw last year, the 2016 Mencía, a young, unoaked bottling, showed plenty of varietal character, with clean aromas, focused flavors and good balance and freshness. 150,000 bottles produced. Drink Date 2017 - 2020.
Issue 232, August 2017
90 International Wine Report The 2016 Luna Beberide Bierzo is a really well-made wine which was sourced from 40 year old Mencia vines. Right at the start the wine yields some heady red and dark fruit aromatics. As it continues to build in the glass, blue fruits come into play alongside red cherry, cranberry and a touch of blood orange on the palate. Silky and smooth on the mouth, and showing some bright, mouth-watering acidity, this excellent value will be best enjoyed in the next five to seven years.
June 2018
89 Wine & Spirits Magazine Refreshing and nervy in acidity and in tart red fruits, this is a tense and vivid wine that’s easy to drink on a hot summer day. Chill it down to emphasize those red fruits and then pour it with grilled tuna.
Best Buy - August 2018 Issue
88 Wine Spectator This supple red is focused and lively, offering fresh flavors of cherry and strawberry backed by hints of vanilla, with leafy and minty notes. Fresh, citrusy acidity and light tannins give this structure. Drink now through 2022.
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Luna Beberide Mencia 2017
92 (VfC) 90 (VM)
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92 View from the Cellar The 2017 Mencía from Luna Beberide is another lovely wine from this excellent producer. Readers may recall that this bottling hails from a forty year-old vineyard planted at 650 meters above sea level. The wine delivers fine aromatic purity in its constellation of sweet dark berries, pomegranate, espresso, slate soil tones, woodsmoke and a whisper of wild fennel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex and transparent, with a fine core of fruit, tangy acids, moderate, well-integrated tannins and excellent focus and grip on the long and complex finish. I have written how much Mencía resembles pinot noir in terms of transparency and intensity of flavor without undue weight, and here is a perfect example of that. This is a superb wine and an absolutely stunning value! 2018-2040+.
Issue #78 - November/December 2018
90 Vinous Media Brilliant violet color. Mineral- and spice-accented dark berry, cherry pit and floral aromas show good clarity, with a suggestion of licorice building in the glass. Displays blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that are braced by a spine of tangy acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Expands and becomes sweeter on the finish, which features subtle floral and spicecake qualities and dusty tannins. (All stainless steel.)
Drink 2019-2022
Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool – March 2019
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Luna Beberide Mencia 2018
91 (RP) 91 (VM)
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91 The Wine Advocate 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 Date2019 - 2022
Issue 241; February 28, 2019
91 Vinous Media 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
Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool – March 2019
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