|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.
|** (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
|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.
|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.|
|WotW||Jancis Robinson.com||Luna Beberide M Mencía 2018 Bierzo is a great example of the aromatic, fruity charms of the variety at a very decent price...Deep, quite dark crimson. Some of the pure zest and lift of this grape variety on the nose. Beautiful balance – no oak gets in the way of the varietal expression. This would be a great teaching aid. Persists right to the end of the palate. Excellent freshness while not being remotely wimpy. Very good value.
Wine of the Week - 11/22/2019
|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.
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