Finca la Cuesta 2015

Region: Bierzo D.O.

Grapes: 100% Mencia
Vintage: 2015
Color: Red

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.


Publication Score Comments
Wine Review Online 92 I'm quite sure that I've tasted every vintage of Finca la Cuesta ever made at Luna Beberide, and there's no question in my mind that this is the best of all of them. In fact, it was as good as some vintages as Luna Beberide's "Art" bottling of Mencía, which is a wine that rings up at more than twice this price. As an aside, lest you conclude that I've lost my critical edge, the 2015 regular, un-oaked "LB" bottling of Mencía was very disappointing, especially in view of this being a vintage that winemakers in Bierzo are quite excited about. There's always a chance that I had an unrepresentative bottle of 2015 LB, so I'll be looking for another bottle to try. What you should be looking for is this terrific Finca la Cuesta, which is an object lesson in Mencía's uncanny ability be be fresh and bright while also showing real depth and guts. The faint violet aromatic topnote is lovely, and subtle scents of spices also lend interest. The wine is really medium-bodied, but "punches above its weight" with excellent fruit intensity and an impressively long finish... this is undoubtedly one of the strongest values I've tasted during 2017, and a wine that I'd pour with pride in my home regardless of who was at my table. Indeed, King Felipe VI, should you drop by, I promise to crack open a bottle of this for you.
July 25, 2017 Michael Franz