2004 Bodegas Y Viñedos Luna Beberide Tierras de Luna

This is, to me, one of those wines that successfully straddles the New World/Old World fence. It’s got all that New World sexy fruit and some of the Old World terrior-driven minerality to its flavours.

I picked it up last week at Kitsilano Wine Cellars on a staff recommendation (these folks love their wine) and popped it open tonight with some grilled Oyama elk sausages… and holy crap, this is my kinda’ wine. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Mencia that carries a healthy 14.4% booze.

I gave it some air and it opened up into a sexy nose of ripe and dark berry and cherry fruit, coffee and an earthy mineral edge. A big ‘ol sip gave me a balanced bunch of the dark fruit, sour cherry, a bit of leather and a bunch of tannins on the crisp and earthy finish.

What can I say? I loved this wine. If you can find it, take it home, give it an hour or 2 of air and enjoy.

$36 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars