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Losada Vinos de Finca

La Bienquerida 2015

Price: $77.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Losada Vinos de Finca
Vintage Year: 2015
Highest Rating: 96pts ( James Suckling)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. El Bierzo

TASTING NOTES

From an ancient and locally legendary single vineyard plot, includes a tiny percentage of indigenous vitis vinifera varieties that predate the Mencía, incorporated into the blend for added complexity. The old vines, meticulously rehabilitated following long abandonment, produce an exceptional wine that represents the quintessence of Bierzo.

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PRESS

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (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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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 (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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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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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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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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