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Region/Appellation: Spain, Castilla Y Leon, Bierzo
Grape: Mencia
Style: Fruity and Mouthwatering

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$228.00 / case

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Made from 100% Mencia grapes sourced from vines aged 30-40 years (on average), selected from cooler sites in the Bierzo DO. The aim is to produce a youthful wine, fruity, the reflects the best characteristics of the grape and the soils.

The grapes are hand picked, plot by plot, and sorted prior to fermentation. Traditional red-wine vinification in temperature-controlled (28c), stainless-steel tanks, using indigenous yeasts. The most is pumped over periodically. Malo-lactic fermentation occurs in new French-oak barrels (that will be sued to age Altos de Losada), and the wine is aged for 4 months in stainless steel on its lees. Fining is with natural gelatine.

Alcohol: 13.5% /vol.

Tasting Note

Our Tasting Note: Dark purple colour, with aromas and flavours of wild berries, dark plum and raspberry, with notes of under growth, pepper, and smoky vanilla. Medium bodied, juicy, with firm tannins and a long finish.

About the Grape

Mencia: Pronounced men-thee-a, an indigenous Spanish red-wine grape, found predominantly in the Bierzo DO, in Castilla Y Leaon, in northwest Spain. It is supposedly gentically identical to Portugal's Jaen grape.

It's hard to predict how this grape will taste as it grown is so many different ways (old-vines vs. new vines, low-yielding vs. high-yielding) and it is pretty malleable in the cellar, in particular with the use of oak. Better styles are darker in colour, with deep aromas and flavours of dark fruits with notes of smoke and spices.

Finca Losada

A modern winery, within the small DO of Bierzo, featuring exclusively Mencia wines from old plantings. Located just outside the village of Pieros on the famous pilgrim route of St. James -- the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Losada's vineyards represent a legacy from earlier generations in the form of small parcels of bush-trained vines planted in clay soils. Minimum intervention is followed out in the vineyards, partly in respect to the traditions, but mainly out of respect to the environment, the workers, and the people who enjoy their wines.

The winery -- designed by Jesus Manzanares -- uses gravity to move wine through the production process rather than pumps. The design also incorporates features of the surrounding environment for both heat (cooling) and light, including locating the ageing cellar, production area, and bottling line underground. Solar panels are used to generate power for much of the production.

The winemaker is Amancio Fernandez, also part of the dynamic management team at Finca Losada, and who shares responsibility for the success and development of Bierzo as a region when he worked as Dominio de Tares until joining Losada in 2005.


Ctra a Villafranca LE-713, km 12
24540 Cacabelos
Leon, Spain

Phone number: +34988337995

Email: losada@losadavinosdefinca.com

Website: http://www.losadavinosdefinca.com

Visits: By appointment please.

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