The grapes come from vineyards, oriented south, planted in calcareous clay at 750 meters above sea level, with an average age of the vines between 25 and 30 year old. Harvested by hand. Fermented in stainless steel vats and bottled unfiltered.
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. Jan/Feb 2017
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
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
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.