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 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 Art bottling of Mencía from Luna Beberide is all comprised of fruit from seventy to eighty year-old vines, planted on slate soil and cropped at very low yields. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged entirely in new French oak for eighteen months prior to bottling. The 2013 version has gorgeous depth of fruit and excellent soil signature, but it is still young and a bit dominated by its spicy new oak component, though the balance here seems promising and I would imagine it will eventually absorb the new wood and blossom nicely. Today, the fairly new oaky nose offers up scents of dark berries, pomegranate, lead pencil, slate and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows marvelous mid-palate depth, with the inherent elegance of Mencía still very much in evidence. The finish is long, moderately tannic and focused, with a bit of oak still sticking out on the backend, but the pieces in place to eventually settle in and offer up some very good drinking. If the wine eventually seamlessly absorbs the new wood, my score will seem conservative, as there are superb raw materials under the new casks! 2020-2045. 90-92+ points
The Wine Advocate
The top of the range is the 2013 Art, pure Mencía from a cool vintage. This has a classical nose of the 1990s style of concentrated and generously oaked reds, quite exuberant, full of spices and ripe berries, a little backward and also quite young. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with good concentration, abundant, fine-grained tannins and good underlying acidity. This has the stuffing to age nicely, you feel the intensity and balance of the old vines. 12,500 bottles produced. Issue #224, April 2016
Wine Review Online
Luna Beberide's "Art" bottling of Mencía is always very good, even if over-shadowed by Paixar, another wine made at this bodega but in collaboration with Eduardo and Alberto García. I opened the 2013 releases of these two wines at the same time, and at the very outset, "Art" was just as appealing in overall terms, which is pretty damned impressive. Quite deeply colored (actually slightly more deeply pigmented to my eye than the Paixar), it showed complex aromas and layered flavors with very good integration of oak. Light mineral tinges in the finish were very appealing, and there was more than enough persistence to the fruit flavors (black plum and Bing cherry) to outlast the tannins and wood. The Paixar surpassed "Art" when its minerality kicked into high gear with aeration, ultimately becoming considerably more intricate, but this is still a terrific wine that will be much easier to find and less expensive. If you see it, buy it.