Fruit for this wine is sourced from a steeply-sloped, south-facing vineyard in Villafranca de Bierzo. The vineyard is 750-800 meters in elevation and is planted to 60 year old vine Mencia. Yields are 25 hl/ha. The soils are comprised of Bierzo’s two main soil types, decomposed slate and limestone based clay. Following fermentation with native yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels, new and 1 year old. Bottled unfiltered.
View from the Cellar
The 2014 Finca la Cuesta from Luna Beberide is a full point lower in octane than the 2012 version, coming in at 13.5 percent alcohol. As readers may recall, this is produced from sixty-plus year-old Mencía vines and raised in a combination of new and one year-old French casks. The bouquet of the 2014 is excellent, wafting from the glass in a mix of dark berries, graphite, woodsmoke, chicory, a beautiful base of soil tones and a deft touch of spicy oak. On
the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and nicely light on its feet, with excellent soil signature, moderate tannins and excellent focus and grip on the long and vibrant finish. This needs a bit more bottle age to more fully integrate its new wood, as there are still some wood tannins on the backend, but it is already tasty and will only get better with a bit of cellaring. Fine, fine juice! 2020-2045. Jan/Feb 2017
The Wine Advocate
The 2014 Finca La Cuesta is so obviously young that it almost felt like a barrel sample. It is pure Mencía that had been aged in French oak barrels for one year. It feels like a much more complete version of the 2013, solid, with better balance and incipient complexity. The palate is still marked by the élevage, but you can feel the intensity and concentration of the year coupled with nice acidity, which provides for a very good balance within its powerful profile. A very promising vintage of Finca la Cuesta. 40,000 bottles produced.
Issue 224, April 2016
Wine Review Online
Made with 100% Mencia grapes, this is a hearty and quite substantial red, marked as much by earthy, leathery flavors as by fruit-driven ones. It exhibits impressive length on the palate, always evolving, even long after it’s been swallowed. Do note that its tannins are fairly tight and astringent, making it much more of a food wine than a stand-alone sipper. Apr 18, 2017