Luna Beberide

Finca la Cuesta Bierzo Mencía

9.0103 ratings
9.112 pro ratings
Bierzo, Castilla y León, Spain
Mencía
Top Notes For
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

8.9

A bit fleshier than previous vintages. The move to less new oak and less time in oak seems focus the wines here a bit, but the house style of nearly opulent dark fruit remains.

A bit fleshier than previous vintages. The move to less new oak and less time in oak seems focus the wines here a bit, but the house style of nearly opulent dark fruit remains.

Jan 9th, 2021
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

9.1

Winery: Luna Beberide
Wine: Fina Luna Beberide
Vintage: 2017
Denomination of Origin: Bierzo
Grape: 100% Mencia

This wine has changed names with the 2017 vintage. Former called Finca la Cuesta, this is sourced from the same, estate vineyards on clay and broken slate. The winery has reduced the amount of new oak and time in wood with this vintage lending a fresher fruit character. Good thing as 2017 crop was drastically reduced by frost.
Medium opaque purple. Nose of plums, graphite, a hint of gamy/butcher block. On the palate this is fleshier than previous vintages, with a silky, Merlot-like character. Persistent and concentrated while maintaining a sense of levity.

Winery: Luna Beberide
Wine: Fina Luna Beberide
Vintage: 2017
Denomination of Origin: Bierzo
Grape: 100% Mencia

This wine has changed names with the 2017 vintage. Former called Finca la Cuesta, this is sourced from the same, estate vineyards on clay and broken slate. The winery has reduced the amount of new oak and time in wood with this vintage lending a fresher fruit character. Good thing as 2017 crop was drastically reduced by frost.
Medium opaque purple. Nose of plums, graphite, a hint of gamy/butcher block. On the palate this is fleshier than previous vintages, with a silky, Merlot-like character. Persistent and concentrated while maintaining a sense of levity.

Mar 11th, 2020
Tom Casagrande

Intense crushed rock minerality in the nose, along with a hint of machine oil. The fruit is dark and crunchy. It’s very intense and savory in the mouth, though only medium weight. Reminds me a bit of an intense, ripe Loire Cab Franc.

Intense crushed rock minerality in the nose, along with a hint of machine oil. The fruit is dark and crunchy. It’s very intense and savory in the mouth, though only medium weight. Reminds me a bit of an intense, ripe Loire Cab Franc.

Feb 28th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Aromas of berry fruits and herb notes. On the palate dark berry flavors with more herb pepper spice. Rough tannins still carrying the pepper earthy spice to the medium finish. Just ok but for the price look for Petalos, much better wine.

Aromas of berry fruits and herb notes. On the palate dark berry flavors with more herb pepper spice. Rough tannins still carrying the pepper earthy spice to the medium finish. Just ok but for the price look for Petalos, much better wine.

Mar 11th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Dried earth, crunchy red and black fruit, purple flowers, and cigar ... stoic but inviting

Dried earth, crunchy red and black fruit, purple flowers, and cigar ... stoic but inviting

Dec 4th, 2018
Justin Gilman CSW, CSS

Beautiful #Mencia #wine. Very dark, opaque with slight purple rim. Oily sheen. Stewed berry nose, some spice, a little meaty. Smooth texture. Became dry over time, to dusty tannin. Beaujoulais-esque. Blackberry, cassis notes. Opened 11/9/17

Beautiful #Mencia #wine. Very dark, opaque with slight purple rim. Oily sheen. Stewed berry nose, some spice, a little meaty. Smooth texture. Became dry over time, to dusty tannin. Beaujoulais-esque. Blackberry, cassis notes. Opened 11/9/17

2 people found it helpfulNov 10th, 2017
Matt

Lovely violet tinted color. Aromatic nose; black cherry compote, pomegranate, licorice root, floral, oak (sweet wood, baking spice, vanilla). Palate shows more tart cherry/pomegranate, crushed rocks, pepper, smoke, slight bitterness. Fine but m+ tannin, elevated alcohol. Juicy core of fruit followed by a mineral and spice driven finish. Grippy yet elegant. The oak is somewhat overwhelming.

Lovely violet tinted color. Aromatic nose; black cherry compote, pomegranate, licorice root, floral, oak (sweet wood, baking spice, vanilla). Palate shows more tart cherry/pomegranate, crushed rocks, pepper, smoke, slight bitterness. Fine but m+ tannin, elevated alcohol. Juicy core of fruit followed by a mineral and spice driven finish. Grippy yet elegant. The oak is somewhat overwhelming.

Jan 11th, 2017
Silvia's Wine

Founder, V&N Cellars - Barcelona

9.2

Mencia when done well can be very elegant and complex at the same time. Deep aromas with spices and perfect balance of fruit.

Mencia when done well can be very elegant and complex at the same time. Deep aromas with spices and perfect balance of fruit.

Oct 13th, 2016
Levi Glenn

A bit oxidative, with some nice floral aromatics. Medium bodied with a touch of oak and a complementary acid profile. Hoped for a little more, but good for the price.

A bit oxidative, with some nice floral aromatics. Medium bodied with a touch of oak and a complementary acid profile. Hoped for a little more, but good for the price.

Dec 15th, 2015
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.1

Wet dirt cherry and crushed rocks. Great acidity.

Wet dirt cherry and crushed rocks. Great acidity.

Nov 30th, 2015