The history of Bierzo dates back to Roman times, when Pliny the Elder mentioned it as a premium region for Vitis Vinefera, or grape vines. After centuries of producing world class wines, helped by the prolific growth of monastaries (monks loved wine!), the region was almost completely wiped out by phylloxera in the late 19th century. The economic devastation was so bad, that many people left the region completely, as wine was the main industry and most wineries closed or were abandoned.
What makes the region so special is it has an incredible micro climate that is perfect for growing grapes, and in particular, Mencia – the region’s undisputed star. Over two thirds of the vineyards are planted to Mencia, and only recently has the region and it’s star grape found international success. The region received its DO status (Denominacion Origen) in 1989, which is very late considering the storied past of the region. Today it is home to about 60 wineries spread across the region, making it a very small, but premium region in Spain.
Finca Losada is a modern winery, founded in 2005, with one goal in mind. To make the best Mencia wines possible, with some of the oldest, and best, vineyards in the region. They only make wine from the one grape, Mencia, it is their focus and their inspiration. The winery is completely modern and ecologically friendly, using gravity to naturally move the wine through the winery, and incorporates the environment for heating, cooling, and light throughout. Their vineyards use bush trained vines in their vineyards along with minimal intervention, in respect to both the environment and the tradition of history in the land. Absolutely no pesticides or chemicals are permitted in the property at all – they do not mesh with the philosophy of the winery!
This wine is made from a selection of vineyards across the region, from vines that are 40 – 80 years old! These high altitude vineyars produce incredible flavor and texture in the wine. They use slow, natural fermentation, to coax as much flavor out as possible, and keeping with the minimal intervention philosophy. The wine is aged 10 months in oak, in different sizes and origins, before being bottled, unfiltered.
The result is nothing short of spectacular. The wine is a deep bright cherry red and purple color. Aromas of plums, raspberries, cherries and other red fruit wake in the glass, with hints of vanilla, cocoa and spice.Full bodied, elegant and silky smooth, the palate is rich and wonderful, warm and inviting. It is fresh and round, very balanced and smooth with a long finish. A brilliant example of the potential of the Mencia grape, incredible for an “entry level” wine! This incredible effort is great right from the start, better with an hour decant and will easily last 5 years in your cellar!