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LOSADA VINOS DE FINCA

Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. El Bierzo
City: Cacabelos
Winery Website: www.losadavinosdefinca.com
Winery GPS Coordinates: 42.604684, -6.7453487

OVERVIEW

Losada Vinos de Finca was established by Bierzo winemaking veterans in 2004, its beautiful ultra-modern facility located in the heart of Bierzo’s finest vineyard area, in the very midst of the old Mencía vines.

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HISTORY

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.

Losada’s founding philosophy was to take the region’s wines to higher level, prioritizing elegance, balance and purity of expression through limited production and adequate, but not excessive, technology. They sought out old Mencía vineyards planted on primarily clay soils, a terroir which had been relatively overlooked by the Bierzo new wave of the 1990s in its ‘rush to slate’.

The skins of Mencía grapes grown on clay soils are more hydrated and less thick, the structure more mellow, the wines generally softer in feel. Fresh acidity (the backbone of Bierzo wines) in combination with this tenderness, created an elegance that is now considered a principal characteristic of Bierzo wines.

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.

Link to New York Times article "Beguiling Reds from Bierzo" (pdf): http://classicalwines.com/Wineries/winery_68/Losada_NYTimes.pdf

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PRESS

Losada (2017) - "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."

95 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jul 24, 2019

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Losada Godello (2017) - "White (Stone and not) fruit, pronouncedly mineral (ash, Flint), crystallized citrus fruit, waxy , flowers, sweet-sour fruit preserve palate, great texture, succulence and citric edge, huge in every aspect. "

97 Points
Guía Semana Vitivinícola 2019, Jul 19, 2019

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La Bienquerida (2017) - "Ripe, varietal fruit, sour berries, elegant reductive character, creamy oak, tobacco, soft tannins, excellent acidity, mineral and balsamic length and smoky and mineral finish. "

99 Points
Guía Semana Vitivinícola 2019, Jul 19, 2019

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Altos de Losada (2017) - "Wild fruit of optimal, ripeness, balsamic, waxy notes, toasty oak, huge structure, soft, succulent tannins and a finish of sweet tobacco, flowers and mineral."

97 Points
Guía Semana Vitivinícola 2019, Jul 19, 2019

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Losada (2017) - "Ripe black fruit, huge varietal expression, freshness and succulence, waxy, creamy, spicy, balsamic and mineral notes, nuances, exceptional texture and citric acidity, balance and with a fine cocoa and smoked peat finish."

95 Points
Guía Semana Vitivinícola 2019, Jul 19, 2019

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La Bienquerida (2015) - "Concentrated black fruit aromas come with accents of lemony oak, olive and dried spice. A flush, tight, extracted palate features drying tannins along with savory flavors of black fruits and black olive. A muscular, meaty finish with lasting dark-berry flavors ranks as full, dense and delicious. "

92 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2019

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El Pájaro Rojo (2017) - "Smoke, licorice and mountain herb notes frame black cherry and mineral flavors in this fleshy red. Light, firm tannins and lively acidity keep this focused. Drink now through 2023."

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2019

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Altos de Losada (2016) - "This plush red delivers black cherry and red plum flavors backed by licorice, espresso and smoky notes. Light tannins and juicy acidity provide structure, then give way to pretty floral and mineral accents on the finish. Drink now through 2024."

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2019

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Losada (2016) - "This dark ruby colored Mencia is a very good introduction to this grape. It opens with a black cherry and leather bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very juicy. The flavor profile a mineral influenced tart plum with notes of black tea. I also detected some hints of wild strawberry and black pepper. The finish is dry and its dusty tannins linger and last for quite some time. I would pair this Mencia with a slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Mar 20, 2019

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Altos de Losada (2016) - ""This dark red colored Mencia from Losada opens with a black forest chocolate cake bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and a little juicy. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused plum with hints of gentle black tea, espresso and a touch of pomegranate. The finish is dry and its refined moderate tannins stick around for a little bit. This Mencia would be perfect with slow cooked beef brisket. Enjoy.""

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Feb 28, 2019

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Altos de Losada (2016) - "Impressive ripeness. This has intense raspberries and red plums and a wealth of bold yet smooth and ripe tannins. Good depth. Drink or hold."

93 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Aug 2, 2018

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Losada (2016) - "Sexy, stylish and complex Bierzo with a wealth of dark graphite and stony aromas, pepper, baking spices and dark berries. Succulent palate with a deep and juicy core of pitch-perfect, ripe and spicy black cherries and blackberries. The tannins are immaculate. Long and regal. Drink or hold."

96 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Aug 2, 2018

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La Bienquerida (2015) - "This rich red has a dense texture backed by muscular tannins. Ripe flavors of plum and currant mingle with loamy earth, mineral and cola notes. A big, almost brawny style for the region, but balanced. Drink now through 2028."

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jul 31, 2018

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Losada (2016) - "Lithe and lively, this red shows a core of fresh black cherry flavors, backed by licorice, cocoa and light leafy notes. Light tannins and fresh acidity are balanced, giving way to floral and mineral details on the finish. Drink now through 2022."

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jul 31, 2018

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El Pájaro Rojo (2016) - "Roasted berry and plum aromas include notes of ham and bacon. This wine is grabby and tannic on the palate. Meaty plum and currant flavors set up an extracted finish with hard residual tannins. There's a lot of fruit and power here but not much elegance. "

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2018

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El Pájaro Rojo (2016) - "Light and crisp, this red offers tart cherry and berry flavors that mingle with leafy and smoky flavors, with firm acidity for structure. Focused and fresh."

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Feb 28, 2018

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Altos de Losada (2015) - "This pitch black colored Mencia from Bierzo is impressive. It opens with a mild black raspberry and wet stone bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a black plum and minerality blend with notes of smoked oak. I also detected hints black cherry. The finish is dry and its flavors and dusty mild tannins are nicely prolonged. I would pair this Mencia with shepherd's pie. Enjoy."

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jan 4, 2018

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Losada (2015) - "Ripe, fleshy, minerally blackberry and black-cherry aromas are pure, deep and suggest high quality that’s confirmed later on. In the mouth, this Mencía from an excellent vintage is racy and pumped up, with acidic energy and tannic grab. Roasted black-fruit flavors come with notes of spice cake and salt. A long, full finish confirms how good this is; drink through 2022. "

91 Points, Editors' Choice
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast , Nov 1, 2017

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Altos de Losada (2015) - "Dark aromas of graham cracker, blueberry, prune and creamy oak push the ripeness meter to high. This Mencía feels tight and a bit tannic, but also lush and a mile deep. Woody, smoky blackberry flavors finish with firm acidity, balance, depth and residual oak flavors that still need to be resolved; drink through 2024. "

92 Points, Cellar Selection
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast , Nov 1, 2017

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Altos de Losada (2015) - "The 2015 Altos de Losada is pure Mencía from 21 small plots. They aimed at keeping the notes from the élevage in the background, which they achieved nicely by using larger barrels and keeping 20% of the volume without contact with wood. 2015 is a ripe year, but the wine shows no excess of ripeness and comes through as quite balanced and with good freshness. "

91 Points, Cellar Selection
Wine & Spirits Magazine, Nov 1, 2017

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Altos de Losada (2015) - "The 2015 Altos de Losada is pure Mencía from 21 small plots. They aimed at keeping the notes from the élevage in the background, which they achieved nicely by using larger barrels and keeping 20% of the volume without contact with wood. 2015 is a ripe year, but the wine shows no excess of ripeness and comes through as quite balanced and with good freshness."

91 Points
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Aug 31, 2017

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Losada Godello (2016) - "Dried straw, mango and candied spiced pears. The palate delivers a crunchy, smooth and supple feel with dried peach. A precise, focused finish. Drink now."

93 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Aug 15, 2017

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Losada (2015) - "A sweet raspberry nose that is so fresh and pure. Electric tension between the fruit, tannins and acidity, and a great texture too. A stunning wine that redefines what Spanish red wine can be. Drink now."

95 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Aug 15, 2017

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Altos de Losada (2015) - "Alluring pepper and vibrant, brambly, dark berry and cherry fruits. The palate has such conviction and focus with striking dark cherry fruits and polished tannins. This wine holds your interest to the final moment. A great wine. Drink now."

93 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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El Pájaro Rojo (2016) - "This is really minerally with granite and blueberry character. Medium to full body, firm and linear tannins and a long finish."

92 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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La Bienquerida (2015) - "Sweet cherry fruit, enormal herbal-spicy aromas and intense minerality. Great concentration and brilliance that carries through the long electric finish. Great now."

96 Points
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Jul 24, 2017

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Altos de Losada (2014) - "This opaque and midnight blue colored Mencia from Bierzo opens with a strawberry and new leather bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a tasty cedar influenced cherry with notes of crushed stone minerality and hints of black tea. The finish is dry and its flavors and well managed tannins drift away nicely. This is a very good Mencia. It is very food friendly and would pair well with shredded beef brisket enchiladas. Enjoy."

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 2, 2017

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El Pájaro Rojo (2015) - "This fresh red offers herb-scented cherry and blood orange flavors, with hints of smoke and mineral. Lively acidity and gentle tannins give this focus through the coffee-touched finish. Drink now through 2020. "

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, May 31, 2017

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Losada (2014) - "Generous yet focused, this red delivers black cherry, plum, blood orange, chocolate and toasty flavors, with savory notes of licorice and fennel. Light tannins and citrusy acidity support the fleshy texture. Expressive. Mencía. Drink now through 2021."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator , May 31, 2017

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Altos de Losada (2014) - "This red is supple and lively, with crisp acidity supporting the plum, coffee and garrigue flavors. The finish shows a refreshing bitterness. In a savory style. Drink now through 2019. "

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator , Apr 1, 2017

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Losada (2013) - "This red is harmonious, showing richness and focus, with a polished texture that carries expressive flavors of black cherry, licorice and tar, while lively acidity and light, firm tannins impart backbone and balance. Drink now through 2020."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator , Apr 1, 2017

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Losada Godello (2015) - "This savory white offers pear, smoke and fresh herb flavors, focused and harmonious, with firm acidity supporting the polished texture. Balanced and graceful, showing muscle. Drink now through 2020. "

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator , Apr 1, 2017

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Altos de Losada (2014) - "They reduced the amount of oak for the 2013 Losada, trying to show more the Mencía character in the wine. The nose denotes more freshness, it doesn't seem as concentrated as in previous vintages, and the palate also shows better balance. I like the direction this cuvée is going within the house style. There were 92,428 bottles and 300 magnums produced.ripeness with freshness. The palate shows great intensity of flavors and power with balance. A very good, young and powerful Mencía."

90 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 1, 2017

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Losada (2013) - "Meaty leathery blackberry aromas are less dressed up and polished than in past vintages. This Mencía feels jammy, wide and chunky, while flavors of spicy blackberry are limited. A toasty oaky lightly charred finish closes out this full-bodied offering from a tough cool year. "

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 1, 2017

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Losada Godello (2015) - "Losada is known for its red Mencía, but this Godello debut is well done. A waxy oral nose with apple and stone-fruit aromas sets up a round full balanced palate with bold acidity. Salty notes accent peach and apple flavors, while this displays grip on a lingering finish. Sophisticated is a good way to describe this. "

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 1, 2017

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Losada Godello (2015) - "This dark yellow colored Godello opens with a very fragrant pineapple, ripe strawberry and kiwi bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic, rich and fully coats your mouth. The flavor profile is a mineral infused Bosc pear with notes of almond and oak. I also detected hints of white grape juice and lager beer. The finish is dry and its flavors linger and last for quite a while. This Godello is food friendly and warrants rich foods. I would pair with a seafood casserole. Enjoy - Ken"

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Mar 21, 2017

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Losada (2012) - "This polished red offers black cherry, blackberry, blood orange and vanilla flavors, fresh and expressive, with light, firm tannins and tangerine acidity. Shows density and balance, delivering an enticing floral finish. Drink now through 2022. "

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, May 1, 2016

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Losada (2013) - "They reduced the amount of oak for the 2013 Losada, trying to show more the Mencía character in the wine. The nose denotes more freshness, it doesn't seem as concentrated as in previous vintages, and the palate also shows better balance. I like the direction this cuvée is going within the house style. There were 92,428 bottles and 300 magnums produced.ripeness with freshness. The palate shows great intensity of flavors and power with balance. A very good, young and powerful Mencía."

90 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Apr 27, 2016

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El Pájaro Rojo (2014) - "The 2014 Pájaro Rojo is a young unbaked Mencía from mostly clay soils in the Bierzo valley. They used 5% full clusters and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine rested for a couple of months with the lees before being transferred to oak barrels for a short élevage of around six months. There are aromas of ripe black fruit intermixed with dark spices and some orange peel, giving an overall feeling of ripeness with freshness. The palate shows great intensity of flavors and power with balance. A very good, young and powerful Mencía."

89 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Apr 1, 2016

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Altos de Losada (2011) - "This red is dense yet graceful, with bold flavors of cassis, cocoa, licorice, balsamic and mineral that remain focused and harmo- nious. The structure is light but balanced, with a spicy, savory finish that brings you back for another sip. Drink now through 2020."

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator Insider, Jan 27, 2016

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El Pájaro Rojo (2014) - "Brilliant ruby. Dark berries, violet and allspice on the fragrant nose, with a hint of licorice in the background. Supple, open-knit blackberry and cherry compote flavors are sharpened by a peppery element that gains strength on the back half."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 1, 2016

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Losada (2012) - "Bright ruby. Aromas of ripe red and dark berries, smoky minerals, anise and potpourri. Sweet, penetrating and pure, offering ripe black raspberry and cherry flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. Delivers a solid punch of flavor but comes off as lithe, finishing with strong thrust and persistence and sneaky, late-arriving tannins. "

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 1, 2016

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Altos de Losada (2011) - "Brilliant ruby-red. Sexy raspberry liqueur and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of cola, licorice and allspice. Silky and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering deep, energetic, mineral-tinged red berry liqueur and spicecake flavors. Finishes smooth, sappy and very long, with velvety tannins contributing shape and gentle grip."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 1, 2016

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El Pájaro Rojo (2013) - "Mencía thrives on slate, but when it’s grown on clay it can tend toward low-acid wines. That’s the case in certain areas of Bierzo, expecially around Villafranca, the capital of the D.O. This wine, from 30- to 40-year-old vines, seems to be an exception. With rich flavors of ripe red fruit, earth and spice, this is a complex and juicy Bierzo. Yes, its texture is soft and creamy, but it runs deep into meaty flavors and mineral tannins, a wine that needs oxtail today or five years in bottle."

93 Points ~ Best Buy
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Aug 1, 2015

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Altos de Losada (2010) - "This savory red 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. Drink now through 2020."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Mar 1, 2015

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La Bienquerida (2011) - "This big red shows depth and concentration, with more muscle than finesse for now, offering bold flavors of cranberry, red plum, licorice, rose petal and smoke. The tannins are chewy, the acidity quite racy and the fruit fresh. Just needs time to come together. Best from 2015 through 2025."

94 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Dec 1, 2014

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Losada (2011) - "Toast, dark chocolate and licorice flavors frame the black cherry and plum fruit in this expressive red, accented by mountain herb and mineral notes. Broad-shouldered but graceful, with integrated tannins and firm acidity. Drink now through 2021."

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Dec 1, 2014

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Altos de Losada (2010) - "Brilliant ruby. Candied cherry, black raspberry and smoky minerals on the nose, with suave floral and Asian spice highlights building with air. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant flavors of bitter cherry and dark berries. The mineral quality repeats on the bright, focused finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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El Pájaro Rojo (2013) - "Lurid ruby color. Spicy cherry and black raspberry aromas show good clarity and notes of cracked pepper and fresh rose. Tangy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and spicecake flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Closes tight and nervy, with subtle tannins and lingering spiciness."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Losada (2011) - "Deep violet color. Deeply pitched cherry and boysenberry aromas are lifted by peppery spice, mineral and floral qualities. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering pliant black and blue fruit flavors that become sweeter with air. A hint of smoked meat comes up with air and carried through the persistent finish, which is firmed by fine-grained tannins. Nicely plays richness off of finesse and has the balance to age."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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La Bienquerida (2011) - "Vivid ruby. Mineral-accented cherry, redcurrant and licorice scents are complemented by a deeper hint of dark chocolate. Stains the palate with vibrant red and dark berry flavors, complicated by notes of candied lavender and bitter chocolate. Smoothly melds power and vivacity, finishing on a youthfully tannic note, with strong persistence and lingering floral character."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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La Bienquerida (2012) - "Bright violet color. Intense dark berry and violet scents are complemented by smoky minerals, Indian spices and potpourri. Fresh and expansive on the palate, offering sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. The mineral quality recurs on the finish, which is framed by slow-building tannins that mesh smoothly with the wine's intense dark fruit."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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El Pájaro Rojo (2011) - "2014 New Year's resolution: find and drink more mencía grapes from this area of Spain; red fruits in spades, with electric energy on the tongue; pizza, pizza, pizza. $14-$17"

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Bill St. John, The Chicago Tribune, Jan 10, 2014

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Losada (2009) - "Hard to imagine anyone not liking this deep, lush, purple Mencía from Bierzo. A concentrated, minerally, toasty black-fruit nose sets up blackberry, boysenberry, prune, juniper and beef jerky flavors. On the finish, it's sultry, dark an peppery, There's all sorts of power and sizzle to this; drink through 2019."

92 Points
Michael Scachner, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 31, 2013

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Altos de Losada (2009) - "Losada wines are dark, dense, heady creatures. This high-end version is pumping deep mineral and lead aromas alongside cassis, berry and toasted notes. The palate is upright like a good cadet, with lively acidity and blackberry and spice flavors. This is big and modern but not extreme. Drink through 2023."

93 Points (#67 on Top 100 List)
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 1, 2013

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Altos de Losada (2008) - "Earth, moss, vanilla and oak aromas accent blackberry and dark plum scents. This is grabby, firm and just rich enough, with earthy, toasty flavors of black plum and blackberry blended with herbs. A long, layered, level finish carries smacking tannins as well as freshness. Drink through 2015."

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2013

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El Pájaro Rojo (2012) - "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."

91 Points, 100 Best Buys of the Year
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2013

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El Pájaro Rojo (2011) - "Spicy and surprisingly complex, with earthy fruit and herbal flavors."

***, Top Rated Wines from Bierzo, BEST VALUE
Eric Asimov, New York Times, Sep 19, 2013

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Losada (2009) - "Still tannic, with lingering flavors of smoky red fruit."

**, Top Rated Wines from Bierzo
Eric Asimov, New York Times, Sep 19, 2013

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Losada (2010) - "A plush texture carries generous flavors of blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate in this modern red, while well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity maintain focus. A nicely balanced wine. Drink now through 2016."

89 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Sep 1, 2013

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El Pájaro Rojo (2012) - "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[…] "

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Losada (2010) - "(100% Mencía, fermented and aged in French and American oak): Vivid ruby. Black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and musky sassafras on the pungent nose. Fleshy and expansive, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors and a suave note of candied flowers. Picks up spiciness with air and finishes on a smoky note, with very good cut and minerally persistence."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Altos de Losada (2009) - "Brilliant ruby. Sexy, expansive aromas of red and dark berries, potpourri and smoky minerals. Juicy and penetrating, with very good depth and energy to its black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors. Clings impressively on the finish, which features supple tannins and a hint of candied lavender. This suave wine is drinking well right now."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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La Bienquerida (2009) - "Deep, brilliant ruby. Deeply pitched dark berry preserve and licorice scents are lifted by intense mineral and Asian spice notes. Smoky, sweet and concentrated, showing excellent energy to its blackberry, cherry-cola and floral pastille flavors. The mineral quality comes back strong on the long finish, which features dusty tannins and emphatic dark berry and violet character. This one looks to be a good cellar candidate."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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La Bienquerida (2009) - "Powerful nose, strong, hugely elegant reductive aspect (fruit, mineral, truffle, peat), creamy oak, sweet wood and spices, tobacco, some smoky nuances, cocoa butter, plum liqueur. Equally powerful, palate, concentrated fruit with a fine sour berries aspect, creamy oak, soft tannins, good acidity, balsamic and mineral length and huge ageing potential."

96 Points
Guía de Vinos la Semana Vitivinícola, Apr 1, 2013

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Losada (2009) - "This opaque and dark ruby colored Mencia opens with very mild blackberry bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and very smooth. The flavor profile is a gentle oak and mineral infused gentle black currant. I also detected notes of black pepper and black licorice. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are both sticky and show nice length. This Old World wine would pair well with beef bourguignon. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Mar 1, 2013

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Altos de Losada (2008) - "This opaque and very dark violet colored Mencia opens with a musty barnyard and new leather bouquet with hints of black cherry in the background. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black cherry with notes of oak and red currant. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins stick around for quite a while after the wine is gone. This Mencia would pair well with a messy rack of ribs. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2013

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La Bienquerida (2008) - "This opaque and onyx colored Mencía based red wine from Spain opens with musty leather and black currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black currant with notes of black tea and a hint of gentle old oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are dusty and linger for some time after the wine is gone. This impressive Mencía would pair well with a NY strip steak. Enjoy."

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 1, 2012

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Altos de Losada (2008) - "Toasty barrel notes blend with this wine's tart cherry flavors, the fruit compressed for now. With three or four years in bottle, that fruit will extend well beyond the oak."

90 Points, Year's Best
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2012

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La Bienquerida (2008) - "Flavors of sour cherries and earth coalesce around acentral spine of acidity in this long-lived Mencía. It's a tight red, packed with an inner strength that feels like it could explode at any moment. Put it away for ten years in the cellar."

92 Points, Year's Best
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2012

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El Pájaro Rojo (2011) - "A rich and unctuous Mencía, this has a fluency in the mouth, deploying its ripeness, completely covering the palate with caramelized and voluptuous flavors. For grilled meats."

90 Points, Year's Best, Best Buy, 100 Best Values of the Year
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Oct 1, 2012

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Losada (2009) - "This alluring red is plush and tender, and brims with cherry, wild berry, herb and mineral notes, joined by accents of vanilla and toast. The structure is lacy, but there's intensity to the flavors, and a long, clean finish. Drink now through 2016. 8,000 cases made."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Oct 1, 2012

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Altos de Losada (2008) - "Vivid ruby-red.  Sexy, high-pitched aromas of red berries, Asian spices and minerals, with a hint of anise in the background.  Juicy, penetrating and pure, with intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight with air.  The sweet, very long finish displays intense minerality and supple tannins."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Altos de Losada (2008) - "Powerful nose, concentrated fruit, brilliant mineral and finely reductive character, toasted oak, spices, black currant preserve, crayons, some lovely wet peat character. Powerful palate, concentrated fruit, firm tannins, ripe fruit with an excellent long ageing quality, great texture, balance and potential."

95 Points
Guía de Vinos la Semana Vitivinícola, Aug 1, 2012

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La Bienquerida (2008) - "Powerful nose, concentrated fruit, ripe black currants, sweet spices, a fine balsamic and fruit-reductive character. Equally powerful palate, concentrated fruit, soft tannins, well-integrated oak, ripe fruit of excellent weight, solid acidity and mineral length, truly exceptional."

95 Points
Guía de Vinos la Semana Vitivinícola, Aug 1, 2012

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Losada (2008) - "Powerful nose, concentrated fruit, blackberry preserve, toasted and creamy oak, liquorice, some smoky and mineral notes. Equally powerful palate, concentrated fruit, with a lovely acidic bone, fine tannins, fleshy red drupes, well-integrated oak."

92 Points
Guía de Vinos la Semana Vitivinícola, Aug 1, 2012

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