Vinous, 94 points
"Lurid ruby. Highly expressive red and blue fruit aromas display excellent delineation and pick up floral and exotic spice nuances with aeration. Juicy and vibrant on the palate, offering sweet boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that show strong tension, underscored by a vein of smoky minerality. Delivers outstanding delineation and spicy fruit thrust on the impressively long, floral-driven finish, which is given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins. Aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93+ points
“A little more classical and varietal than the super floral Finca Luna Beberide but also showing how good 2018 has been at this address, the 2018 Art combines the textbook notes of licorice, wild berries, plants and flowers with a deft touch of spices and smoke. This comes from very old vines and matured in barrique for 14 months, yet the oak does not play a role in the aromatics or flavors—it feels completely integrated and neatly folded into the fruit. 12,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.”
This family run winery was founded in 1987 by one of the old timers of Bierzo. His son, Alejandro Luna, now runs the family estate, which is made up of 172 acres of pristine vineyards planted on calcareous clay and decomposed slate, between 2,100 and 2,700 feet in elevation. Bierzo is in the midst of an explosive wine revolution, and is like sommelier catnip because of the amazing quality of wines you can get for the money. The ancient Mencia grape has been elevated to international stardom that even a couple decades ago seemed, not just unlikely but, completely absurd.
This beauty is begging for some traditional paella but would match up nicely with a vegetarian mushroom paella too! First come, first served!