Losada Vinos de Finca

Altos de Losada La Bienquerida – 2020

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

Single estate vineyard planted in 1906, D.O. Bierzo.

  • Vineyard Area: 3.5 ha
  • Planted with Mencia and a few other grapes of unknown origin
  • Altitude: 480 – 600 meters
  • Soil: Clay, slate schist, and stones
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into 20 kg crates, rapidly transferred to cellar
  • Berries selected on sorting table
  • Destemmed and lightly crushed
  • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using only indigenous yeasts
  • Malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels
  • Aged 15 months in French oak foudres and 500 liter barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Rich, dark and brooding, the wine shows a dark berry and violet character on a long-lasting, smoky, mineral-laced
palate.

Pair with salmon or other fatty fishes, roast chicken, game birds, duck, pastas and stews such as beef bourguignon.

Wine Summary

95% Mencia, 5% other local grapes; alcohol: 14.5%; single estate vineyard planted in 1906, D.O. Bierzo; clay, slate schist and stony soil; hand harvested and careful berry selection at sorting table; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using only indigenous yeasts; malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels; aged 15 months in French oak foudres and 500 liter barrels.

Technical Information
  • 95% Mencia, 5% other local grapes
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 4.9 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 0.46 g/l

Reviews

95 Points

Deep nose, but bright, perfumed and floral at the same time, showing intense and racy blueberries, golden berries, violets, lavender and an intriguing lift of white pepper. A medium-to full-bodied palate, filled with fine and fresh tannins. Dusty and velvety in texture. Really delicious now, but can hold, too.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2022

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.