I opened a bottle of the 2005 Luna Beberide Mencia ($14) from the Bierzo region of Spain. Bierzo is an up and coming region of Spain and the Mencia varietal is the primary grape in this region. I have had several Mencia wines before and enjoyed them, especially those of Dominio de Tares. So, what of this wine?
It had a fruity nose, reminiscent of darker berries, and its color was darker as well, though not inky. You still could see through the wine. As you taste it, there is a rush of fruit, tinges of blueberry and blackberry, with a hint of a floral taste. It is medium-bodied with a lush feel. What an inspiring beginning. But, on the finish, it seemed a bit too tannic and bitter. At least for drinking alone. This wine probably needs to be accompanied by food. It is not as good as the other wines from Bierzo I have had but it is still a good wine. Just serve it with dinner.