Vintage 2020

Altos de Losada, Bierzo DO, Losada Vinos De Finca

Losada
Product Code: LS06ZZRC

Tasting Notes

The wine with the greatest complexity and individual character, displaying all the subtlety and elegance that Losada has brought to the new Bierzo style. Altos de Losada has intensity and energy, with meaty, toasty and earthy notes framing black cherry, plum, licorice and mineral flavors. Chewy tannins resolve on the sanguine finish. Austere, but shows character.

Profile

Old vines Mencía
Red
14.5
Spain
Bierzo
6
Cork
Losada
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            [Notes1] => Inky violet. Fresh, highly aromatic bouquet of red and dark berries; rose, smoky minerals and Asian spices; reminds me of high-end Burgundy. Sweet, sappy, and focused, with vibrant raspberry and blackberry flavors and a jolt of white pepper. Tangy minerals add cut to the long, focused,impressively pure finish.			
			
			
			

            [Notes2] => The estate`s vineyards are planted primarily on clay soils, on the outskirts of the village of Pieros, on the St James pilgrimage route, midway between Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo. The small plots of the Mencía variety are planted in valleys protected to the north by the Montes de León and to the south by the Cordillera de los Aquilianos.With their low pH, the soils are well suited and are made up of two types: slate and sandstone on the one hand and rich clay on the other. The vines are planted at an altitude of between 400 and 800m.The continental climate provides over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year with an average rainfall of 750mm. The vineyards are small bush-vine plots and require only minimum intervention. The soils are ploughed and in some area a grass cover-crop is seeded in order to combat erosion, reduce vine vigour and maintain soil structure. Altos de Losada comes from high altitude vineyards near the villages of upper Valtuille and Pieros close to the Losada property. The soils are predominantly clay and of slopes with different exposures. Harvesting is done by hand.
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Unfiltered and not cold-stabilized stabilized by cold. Properly stored, this wine will develop positively for 10 years."			
			
			

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 Estate Wines

We only produce estate wines, sourced from vineyards which we have admired for some time and have gradually got to know better and better. We pick and vinify the fruit on a plot by plot basis with the aim of producing elegant, perfumed, complex wines. Respect for nature is our watchword in all our work. 

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The company also owns vineyard plots mainly planted on clay soils around Valtuille de Arriba, where grapes for Altos de Losada are produced. 

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About this product +

Producer >

Based on the outskirts of Villafranca del Bierzo, Losada was started in 2005 with the objective of seeking out parcels of Mencía vines, planted on clay soils, a terroir which had been relatively overlooked in the past. With plots around the villages of Pieros and Valtuille de Abajo, the vines are bush trained and farmed with minimum intervention. The belief of head winemaker, Amancio Fernandez, is that the clay soils of these two sub regions produce Mencía grapes that have a finer structure than those planted on slate. The grapes are hand harvested, crushed and de-stemmed and then fermented using indigenous yeasts and extraction is achieved by daily pump overs. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel and latterly, Losada have also added egg-shaped cement tanks. 

Viticulture >

The Estate: Unique high-altitude Losada vineyards near the villages of upper Valtuille and Pieros close to the Losada property. SOILS: clay slopes with different exposures.

Winemaking >

15 months of aging in foudres and French oak barrels of 1st, 2nd, 3rd year and concrete eggs.

Ratings +

James Suckling 2022

93pt (2020)

Guía Semana Vitivinícola 2022

96pt (2020)

Altos de Losada, vino de villa de Valtuille de Arriba 2019: new vintage released. ” Frank and tasty palate, with a very good acid structure and cre amy tannins. Good fruit content, very long.”

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