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Finca Losada
5 Rosas "sobre lias"

Region/Appellation: Spain, Castilla Y Leon, Bierzo
Grape: Mencia
Style: Smooth and Silky

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$237.00 / case

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The Men?ia grapes for this dry rosé wine come from estate-owned, 30+ year old vines, in a plot located close to the river. Soil is predominantly Franco-clay, and the gentle slope gives optimal exposure to sunlight, ideal for ripening the grapes. Grapes are hand-harvested with a yield target of 5,000 kg/Ha.

Following a 12-hour cold soak to extract colour from the grapes, the grapes are gently crushed. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled (22 celsius) stainless-steel tanks for about 20 days, with regular stirring of the lees. The wine remained on the lees for a further four months before bottling (in January), following a gentle fining with bentonite.

4500 bottles produced.

Tasting Note

Bright rose petal-pink colour, with slight purple tints. Aromas and flavours of fresh, tart, red fruits - strawberry and raspberry - with slight floral notes and hints of dry herbs. Fresh, dry, medium-bodied, good balancing acidity and a slight touch of minerality, with a mouthwatering 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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