Sunday, October 18, 2009

1999 Luna Beberide Tinto VdT Castilla y Leon (Bierzo)


First, thanks to David Driscoll David Othenin-Girard from K&L Hollywood for recommending this wine. I doubt if I would have come across this otherwise. 20$. Only 20$?? And 10 years old? Let's see....what was I up to in 1999? Hmm...stealing beer out of the garage from my dad with my friends and going to high school! Why the fuck would you buy anything from Napa--ever--when you can get stuff like this already aged for a lot less?? From K&L: "Produced from the steep, slate, terraced vineyards of Bierzo by Spain's legendary Mariano Garcia (while he was still making wine at Vega Sicilia!), here is a beautiful example of a perfectly aged Spanish wine that has developed quite beautifully in bottle. Produced from 40% Cabernet, 30% Merlot and 30% Mencia." No shit! This wine rules. Seriously good, especially for the age and the price. Primarily cherry on the nose, but a deep, pure cherry. The cherry scents are supported by a variety of different secondary characteristics that come and go: pipe tobacco, mint, pepper, and licorice. The tannins and the fruit are completely integrated, with just a little bit of tannic grip appearing at the end. Beautifully smooth, elegant, and poised with cherry and berry flavors that lead into a long finish with spicy nuances. Damn, I'm going to have to get me a couple more bottles of this...A+

6 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

I have a bottle of this as well. Now I'm even moire excited to try it. The $20 price sets up a win-win scenario. Even if it's not awesome, that's a great price on something with so much age that'll be at the very least interesting. Awesomeness just sets up a crazy good QPR.

I've got '96 Bourgueil I'll have to try soon, too. It was only $7 more than the current vintage of the same cuvee!

jason said...

Sweet! I just added this one to my virtual cart. I bought a case of their Mencia from '05 that I put in the cellar. Had I known this was coming I might not have bothered....

Jeff said...

Jason: How is the '05 Mencia? A whole case? You must have liked it a lot. I generally don't buy a whole case since I like variety...

CabFrancoPhile:'96 Bourgueil...that sounds interesting too. Where'd you pick that up? I see that in a lot of the Cru Bourgeouis from Bordeaux too. For instance, you can get vintages from '97, '98, '00 for LESS than the '05's frequently. Chateau Saint Gemme for instance, or there's also Chateau Labegorce. Seems so weird to me that the older vintage is more? Strange!

CabFrancoPhile said...

I think '96 (Chevalerie Galichets) was one of those vintage of the decade situations in the Loire. Probably came directly from the producer, so paying for provenance, perhaps? Since Bordeaux is more hyped and is run by negociants, I'd imagine some weird pricing results. '05 Bordeaux generated a crazy, no, insane price bubble, but I don't think the bubble was nearly as big elsewhere in France. So '05 (and reputedly good '06 and bad '07 even) cost more than well-aged Bdx vintages, though I think that's not the case for other regions with less inflated prices.

Found the Chevalerie at vinfolio.com. They had some Joguet and Bandol at great prices, on sale. But they're a pretty lame retailer since they seem unhealthily obsessed with Cali cult wines.

Jeff said...

Huh never even looked at Vinfolio before. Kind of a cool site. They have some funny Rhone stuff--IE 98 Beaucastel for 94$, which is about the same price as the '05 at retail. Strange times!

You know what's funny about the cult Cali cab thing? My landlord has been on the Screaming Eagle mailing list for as long as it's been around, but every year, when he gets his three bottles or whatever, he turns right around and sells them at a hefty profit (a couple hundred percent). Because he doesn't care for the wine anymore--in his words--"it's too expensive, and not that interesting."

CabFrancoPhile said...

I think they do a lot of business liquidating collectors' cellars. So in that respect they do get some pretty cool older vintages. But I'm generally looking for interesting wines around $20 or $25, so vinfolio's not much help to me other than the smoking deals they had.

Nice move by your landlord. Even if I loved the wine, I'd flip it for a few grand, then buy something else just as good.