Weekly Wine Picks #2
A Wonderful Red Wine from Spain - Losada Bierzo!
Was $22.50/bottle, now $16!
$15.20/bottle for six, or only$14.40 per bottle in a 12 pack!!
Shipping? Pick it up in the shop for free, or we can ship for no more than $17.50/case anywhere in CA!
We love wines from Galicia - that Northwestern-most tip of Spain where the Atlantic ocean's weighs considerable climactic influence. Wines from Galicia run the gamut from crisp whites bracing with mouthwatering acidity to deep reds mainly made from the Mencía grape.
Mencía wines are truly profound; in good hands, they reveal fresh fruity notes, smooth tannins and an enviable reflection of the minerally terroir.
Nowhere does the Mencía grape shine more brightly than in Bierzo, and we bought out all of the remaining stock on a juicy Bierzo from Losada - produced from 50- to 80-year-old hillside vines in Bierzo and aged for nine months in new French oak.
Purple in color with a nose of mineral, roasted herbs, game, and floral aromas, this extracted, rich, full-flavored wine over-delivers in a big way.
We sold this same vintage last year @ $22.50/bottle - a fair price considering the quality of the wine in the bottle, but are now offering the wine at a stunning 28.9% discount - $16 per bottle or $14.40/btl in a case!
Like most Spanish wine regions, Bierzo is hardly new. Wines have been made there since antiquity. Yet it is emergent because only recently has it gone from making wines for its local market to making wines for the world market.
Bierzo's red grape is Mencía, which is found almost nowhere else outside of other areas in the same neighborhood of northwestern Spain. Mencía used to be thought of as a lesser cousin of the cabernet franc grape, but DNA tests have proven that to be wrong. It has an almost unique, perfume of wild fruit and flowers that I think qualifies for use of the word “haunting.’’ You don’t forget it.
What is fascinating about such a representative Bierzo is how it reflects the Mencía grape: red raspberries, dusty tannins, tart red fruits, and a floral/herbal note that reminds me of rosehips. Maybe it’s the rosehip bushes that scatter about the vineyards, but this has that note in addition to Bierzo's remarkable conflation of fruit, flowers, and herbs. Drink now or in the next several years.
Following a different viticulture route from the normal in DO Bierzo, which seeks out shale slopes, Losada's winemakers found that the skins of Mencía from old vines on clay soils make finer, softer structured wines. Acidity, the backbone of these wines, provides the subtlety and elegance which are essential characteristics.
Losada was made with Mencía grapes sourced from different areas in Bierzo, which have combined to produce a very complex wine that has real individual character. This is an easy-to-enjoy wine to discover the elegance which Losada brings to the new Bierzo.
El Bierzo is a small Denominación de Origen (DO) situated to the west of the province of León, which has recently emerged with a range of top-quality red wines originating from old plantings of the local Mencía grape variety. Setting out to create an elegant profile for the wines of new Bierzo, Losada Vinos de Finca took the bold step of following the example of those old estates with vines that were planted on clay soils and had been hitherto undervalued. For this reason, Losada was established on the outskirts of the village of Pieros, on the Route of St. James halfway between Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo.
“Bright violet. Slightly high-toned aromas of cassis, tobacco and smoky minerals.
Then sweet and tangy in the mouth, with musky dark berry, smoked meat, pepper and spice flavors. This fresh, vibrant wine finishes persistent and gently sweet.” - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Winery: Losada Vinos de Finca
Region: DO Bierzo
Aging & Type of Oak: 12 months in French oak
Annual Production(in bottles): 100,000
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