Finca Luna Beberide Mencía
The winery Bodegas Luna Beberide elaborates on this 2018 Finca Luna Beberide, a red wine from Bierzo that is based on the best of mencía of 2018 and shows an alcoholic content of 13.5%. At Drinks&Co, this red wine scores an average rate of 4 of 5 points while renowned wine guides give the following ratings: Robert Parker: 92.
Mouth: light and elegant black spicy aromas of earth, forest and black truffle. Wood excellently integrated, salt and floral notes of spiciness.
95 points/'Top 100 Wines of 2021,' Wine & Spirits: "[$30 list] Alejandro Luna farms 60-year-old mencía vines at altitudes rising to 2,600 feet. He uses no pesticides on the vines or herbicides in the calcareous clay and slate soils, so he can allow the fruit to ferment spontaneously and develop the purity, intensity and stored energy this wine shows when you open the bottle. It tastes of game fresh from the hunt, astonishingly red, sunny, savory and spicy. The fruit recalls dark sour cherries and rose petals, with a beautiful bitterness that feels directly tied to the slate in the soil. Exciting to drink, especially with grilled game sausages. (Aug 2021)"
93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The Finca Luna Beberide bottling is from the estate’s own vineyard, which is planted on slate, chalk and clay and has vines that are sixty years of age. The wine is aged in a combination of new and one wine French barrels prior to bottling. The 2018 Finca Luna Beberide shows off a lovely nose of black cherries, sweet dark berries, espresso, slate, tree bark, woodsmoke, smoked meats, cedar and a nice touch of graphite in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with lovely old vine creaminess at the core, superb mineral drive and grip, excellent focus and a long, suavely-tannic, complex and tangy finish. This is so beautifully balanced that it is approachable today, but it is built to age and will be even more dazzling five to ten years down the road. Great juice. 2021-2065. (Jan/Feb 2021)"
92 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): "The aromatic, floral, elegant and subtle 2018 Finca Luna Beberide was love at first sight. From its bright purple color denoting youth to its intoxicating nose and the purity like no other vintage before, it really captivated me. It was produced with Mencía from 60-year-old vines in Villafranca del Bierzo and has unprecedented finesse and elegance. The palate is juicy, fresh and refined, but with energy and light, very clean and focused. This is drop-dead gorgeous. One to buy by the case at this price! Drink: 2020-2024. (Jun 2020)"