12 months in French oak
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 90 points.
Classical Wines; Classical Wines from Spain Ltd.
What is fascinating about such a representative Bierzo is how it reflects the Mencía grape: red raspberries, dusty tannins, tart red fruits, and a floral/herbal note that reminds me of rosehips. Maybe it’s the rosehip bushes that scatter about the vineyards, but this has that note in addition to Bierzo's remarkable conflation of fruit, flowers, and herbs. Drink now or in the next several years.
Following a different viticulture route from the normal in DO Bierzo, which seeks out shale slopes, we’ve found that the skins of Mencía from old vines on clay soils make finer, softer structured wines. Acidity, the backbone of these wines, provides the subtlety and elegance which are essential characteristics for us. Losada 2008 was made with Mencía grapes sourced from different areas in Bierzo, which have combined to produce a very complex wine that has real individual character. This is an easy-to-enjoy wine to discover the elegance which Losada brings to the new Bierzo.
About the Winery
El Bierzo is a small Denominación de Origen situated to the west of the province of León, which has recently emerged with a range of top-quality red wines originating from old plantings of the local Mencía grape variety. Setting out to create an elegant profile for the wines of new Bierzo, Losada Vinos de Finca took the bold step of following the example of those old estates with vines that were planted on clay soils and had been hitherto undervalued. For this reason, Losada was established on the outskirts of the village of Pieros, on the Route of St. James halfway between Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo.