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Losada Vinos de Finca

Altos de Losada 2014

Price: $36.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Losada Vinos de Finca
Vintage Year: 2014
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. El Bierzo

TASTING NOTES

The flagship wine produced from 21 small estate parcels on steep hillsides, is aged 15 months in new French oak and achieves the estate’s highest levels of concentration and minerality.

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PRESS

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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Altos de Losada (2017) - "An attractively fresh, juicy and spicy, purple-berry and plum nose with plenty of spicy, fragrant and fresh aromas. The palate has an impressively resolved, silky texture and bright, ripe dark-berry flavors. Drink or hold."

93 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jul 3, 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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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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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 (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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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) - "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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (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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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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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) - "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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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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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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LOSADA VINOS DE FINCA WINERY INFO

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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