Made from a selection of best Mencia from south facing vineyards between 800 and 900 meters in elevation. The vines are between 70 and 80 years old, yielding 25 Hectoliters per hectare and are grown in decomposed slate along with abundant mother rock. Grapes were harvested the 1st week of October. Yields were only 25 hl/ha. Grapes were hand harvested and sorted prior to de-stemming and fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels prior to be bottled, unfiltered.
View from the Cellar
The 2012 vintage of Art from Luna Beberide is developing very nicely at age five, but still in the midst of fully absorbing its new wood and could use with a bit more bottle age to fully integrate its oak tannins on the backend. The bouquet is showing nice signs of secondary complexity in its blend of sweet cassis, pomegranate, graphite, incipient notes of tree bark, slate soil tones, a touch of chicory and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and starting to show a nice touch of sappiness at the core, with fine focus and grip and a long, moderately tannic finish. This is making good progress on managing its new oak and should be excellent. 2019-2040+. Jan/Feb 2017
Deep ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense, licorice pastille and vanilla bean. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering sweet boysenberry and cherry compote flavors that stretch out and become spicier with aeration. Supple tannins provide shape and grip to a very long, spice-accented finish shaped by smooth, slow-building tannins. This sexy, fruit-driven wine spent 18 months in new French oak before being bottled.
2019 – 2025 Atlantic Spain
The Wine Advocate
No wonder the 2012 Art came at the top of what I tasted from Luna Beberide. It is pure Mencía from south-facing vineyards on slate soil which fermented with indigenous yeasts, aged for 18 month in French oak barrels and was bottled unfiltered into 12,500 bottles. It has a harmonious nose with well-integrated oak aromas and a core of red and black fruit that is fresh and quite lively. The palate is medium-bodied and very balanced with good acidity and a seriousness that hints at a very long life in bottle even though it's already very approachable. Issue 216 (part 2) January 2015
Kirsch and blackberry notes are racy and perfumy in this expressive red. Licorice, espresso and wild herb accents add interest. Balsamic acidity and slightly chewy tannins impart structure. Exotic. Mencía. Drink now through 2025. Issue August 31, 2015