Losada Vinos De Finca

Losada Mencia – 2019

Region: Spain - Castilla y Leon

Losada Vinos De Finca

Aiming to make elegant wine in Bierzo, Losada Vinos de Finca sought out old Bierzo vineyards traditionally planted on clay soils. Losada was established on the outskirts of the village of Pieros, on the St James pilgrimage route, midway between Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo. The company also owns vineyard plots, planted mainly on clay soils round Valtuille de Arriba, where grapes for Altos de Losada are produced. The philosophy is to extract to maximum expression from the region’s terroir via the painstaking selection of estates and vineyards. Complexity and elegance are the grassroots of the Losada Vinos de Finca project.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards in D.O. Bierzo.

  • Exposure: South
  • Altitude: 480 – 600 meters
  • Soils: Clay slopes
  • Vine Age: 40 – 60 years

 

Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into 20kg crates
  • Plot by plot vinification
  • Berry selection at sorting table
  • Destemmed and lightly crushed
  • Pre-fermative cold maceration
  • Fermented using only indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks with occasional pumpovers
  • Secondary fermentation and aging in 2nd & 3rd passage French oak barrels for 12 months
Winemaker's Notes

What is fascinating about such a representative Bierzo is how it reflects the Mencía grape: Toast, dark chocolate and liquorice flavors frame the black cherry and plum fruit in this expressive red, accented by mountain herb and mineral notes. The wine reflects Bierzo’s remarkable conflation of fruit, flowers, and herbs, with integrated tannins and acidity.

Wine Summary

99% Mencía, 1% Dona Blañca; alcohol: 14.5%; estate vineyards in D.O. Bierzo between 480- 600 meters; gentle clay slopes; vines 40 – 60 years; each plot hand harvested into 20kg crates; berry selection at sorting table; fermented separately using only indigenous yeasts with occasional pumpovers; blended and secondary fermentation in 2nd & 3rd passage French oak; aged 12 months in barrel.

Technical Information
  • 99% Mencía, 1% Dona Blañca
  • Alcohol: 14.5%

Reviews

92 Points

Sweet berries with some fresh flowers on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, silky tannins and a delicious finish. Lightly citrusy in the aftertaste. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, October, 2021

90.5 Points

This dark ruby colored Mencia opens with a wet stone and ripe blackberry bouquet with hints of potting soil. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel is round and rustic. The flavor profile is an extracted blackberry and graphite blend with notes of oak, black tea, black pepper. I also detected hints of black licorice and loam. The finish is very dry and its sticky tannins build-up and will settle down if you decant it. As result, I would recommend decanting this wine before serving it with a Brazilian Alcatra steak.

Ken's Wine Guide, April, 2023

General Info

COUNTRY Spain
REGION Castilla y León
APPELLATION D.O. El Bierzo
PROPRIETORS
FOUNDED 2005
WINEMAKER Amancio Fernández Gómez
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 2,500 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) No official certification, but farming sustainably with minimal sulphur and using organic practices as much as possible – no pesticides  or fungicides.