2012 Losada "Pajaro Rojo" Mencía Bierzo (Previously $15)
Wine & Spirits
As meaty as a southern Rhône red, this mencía is black, ample and soft. A delicious wine and a beautiful snapshot of the variety as it grows in Bierzo, this comes from vines between 30 and 40 years old.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Pajaro Rojo is pure Mencia from purchased fruit from 40-year-old vines whose malolactic fermentation was carried out in used barrels. They are reproducing the local family wines of yesteryear, keeping some 10% of the grapes uncrushed. It shows some reductive notes when uncorked, and then slowly reveals some tobacco and licorice notes. The palate is full-bodied, with high extract. A powerful young wine. (LG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. Earthy cassis and licorice aromas are given an exotic touch by notes of pipe tobacco, smoked meat and musky underbrush. Ripe dark berry flavors are supple and broad, with a peppery element providing lift. Slow-building tannins give structure to the finish, which shows good clarity...(JR)
Dark fruit, lemony oak and gutsy plum aromas sit in front of a textured, fairly full-bodied palate, with a couple of layers on offer. Dry, woody, spicy notes accent core dark-berry flavors, while the finish is fresh, snappy and oaky.
This expressive red shows black cherry and herbal flavors, with a slightly gamy undertone. Not big in structure, but has drive, showing light tannins and lively acidity.
The Pajaro Rojo is produced from Mencía grapes in predominantly clay soils west of León. Interestingly, the Losada family believes very strongly in the quality of these heavier clay soils, as opposed the to the prevailing notion that slate based soils create superior wines in the region. Given the high quality of the fruit and a judicious four months in French oak barrels, this is a tasty, freshly fruited Bierzo that seems to have just the right balance of juicy fruit and complexity, all over a supple textural frame. It is a delicious, well made example of a region that should continue to get more attention for its excellent terroir and potential to produce very good, unique reds.