Luna Beberide Mencia 2008
Lush ruby colour with a bricky edge as you’d expect for a wine of this age. Medium colour density. Initial sweet cherry fruit on the nose opens up to become more like rose, strawberries, balsamic, star anise, cigar box and antique furniture. On the palate it’s lean and dry with firm acidity - a perfect foil for the richness of charcuterie or tapas. Tannins have softened but still give a bit of grip and structure. At first taste it’s very much lean red fruit. But it evolves in the glass to more complex aged flavours: cranberry and raspberry are joined by prune, rose, subtle musk, interwoven with pepper and contrasting savoury leafiness. I agree - it’s an elegant wine.