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Losada Vinos de Finca

Losada Godello 2016

Price: $32.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Losada Vinos de Finca
Vintage Year: 2016
Highest Rating: 93pts ( James Suckling)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. El Bierzo

TASTING NOTES

100% Godello from rare old bush-pruned vines on steep slate slopes. Partially fermented in 500-liter French oak, the remainder in stainless steel with six months of lees contact. Intense ripe floral/citric nose, dense and persistent structure on the palate, lingering mineral finish.

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PRESS

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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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 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 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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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 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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