2017 Losada Mencia Bierzo

SKU #1434878 95 points James Suckling

 Attractive, ripe and bright purple berries with raspberries here, too. The palate has a silky, elegant and plush feel with fine and sleek tannins, carrying fruit in fresh mode. Drink now or hold.  (7/2019)

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Losada Vinos de Finca was established in 2004 on the outskirts of the village of Pieros, on the Camino de Santiago, midway between Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo, opposite the ruins of Castro Ventosa, Bierzo's Roman-era fortification. Every part of the winemaking process is unhurried. The sustainably-farmed fruit is harvested by hand and undergoes rigorous selection on the vine so that additional sorting at the winery is minimal. After de-stemming, the grapes are gently crushed and fermentation begins naturally using the indigenous yeasts. Fruit from individual plots is kept separate in order to better observe and interpret the variety from each location, a traditional non-interventionist technique that aims to showcase the soil. Cooperage is 100% French, with a minimum barrel capacity of 300L. All techniques are adjusted according to the character of the vintage, and the wines are differentiated according to vineyard origin rather than the length of time spent in the barrel. The 2017 comes from managed vineyards on more gentle slopes in which clay soils predominate, is aged nine months in French oak and expresses the more tender and juicy side of the Mencía variety.

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By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2020 | Send Email
Over the years I have often had guests ask me for something more "off the beaten path", and when that question comes up I love to direct people to Mencia. If you find yourself liking old world Syrah, or seeking out the next new Beaujolais, Mencia is the next new wine for you! Losada expresses the more juicy, tender side of Mencia, coming from clay dominated soils on slopes of Bierzo. This wine has a nice balance of dark brambly blackberries, raspberries & cherries, joined by touches of lavender & tea tree. An incredibly smooth sipper, with the right amount of bite to help make this the best addition to your dinner table. At this price, I would stock up with this wine, it is sure to be a favourite with many.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2020 | Send Email
I have long been a fan of Mencia from Bierzo. I was out there years ago putting these wines in people's hands. I'm glad that after years of pushing it, people are now asking for it. The Losada is the kind of wine that can open new doors though. This might be one of the best expressions I have tasted in years. I always compared the wines to gamay and syrah with a touch of cabernet franc character thrown in for good measure. This is pure Mencia though. Vibrant bright red fruit of cherries and pomegranites are surrounded by notes of red flowers and fresh herbs. It is juicy and sumptuous. This is exciting wine that holds a price point that makes you want to load up. It would be worth doing so, because I guarantee if you only get a few bottles, they will be long gone before you see what they can truly evolve into. You'll win either way though because it is a gorgeous drink right now.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2020 | Send Email
Talk about an absolute wake-up-call. Aromatics here are primarily iron, backed up with wild thyme and hints of strawberry and a hint of black cherry liquor. I love the nose this:-as a total package it is inviting, interesting and compelling all at the same time. The body on this was a little closer to medium bodied than full, but goodness, the dynamics on this wine are crazy. There is a soaring crack of acidity along the back palate, with bright, rigid edges all the way around. Absolutely explosive. Like a slap in the face. I barely even noticed any tannin when all was said and done. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely for anyone who loves bold, head-turning old world wines that are distinctive and exciting.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2020 | Send Email
There is just something about Mencia. I cannot put my finger on what that something is but I always know that something always goes with Mencia. I have a primal response to this varietal, it scratches an itch that I didn’t know that needed to be scratched until I smell it. Then, well you know how good that feels. I want to call it Mountain wine, it technically isn’t. Bierzo is steep valley wine. But it feels like mountain wine to me. This aromatics on this wine are crazy good. Rich dark berry fruit with a smattering of tart red fruits, with savory herbal tones, spice, hints of dusty stones, and a muted floral element that lifts everything. I can just keep on smelling this wine! On the palate the feel of the wine is almost new world Pinot, but with a little more guts. A delicious mix of dark and bright fruits backed with delicate spice and that savory earthy herbal note. There are just enough tannins to give it substance and then it finishes with lingering fruit and a fine stoniness. Almost a cocktail red but it really wants to be dinner wine, something savory maybe with a little spice and maybe a little fat. Perfect for quick weekday dinners.

By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2020 | Send Email
Pure, lively notes of ripe black raspberry and kirsch serve up a delightful first impression backed up by clove, pine straw, tobacco, and rose petal. It has excellent freshness on the palate with good focus, light tannin, and a delicate texture. This is a perfect easygoing red for service with Spanish cheeses, sausages, and even red sauced pasta dishes. A very fine value at the price.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2020 | Send Email
An incredibly friendly bottle of wine, this is – if anything- too easy to drink; with a perfumed, dark floral nose and black fruit core all tied together with a soft, river stone minerality. New World Pinot or Old World Gamay aficionados have got the Spanish wine they’ve been looking for, but also anyone else who just wants an easy, delicious bottle of wine that can pair with almost anything. The light tannic profile and long finish dress it up a great deal, but at the end of the day this is just a good time in a glass.

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