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GREAT VALUE WINES: 8 TOP MENCIA WINES UNDER $30 by James Suckling


05 de June de 2020



Mencia is the epitome of Spanish freshness. Genetically identical to Portugal’s jaen grape, mencia has had huge success in Spain thanks to acute winemaking know-how, conjuring freshness, authenticity and drinkability in red wines from Galicia. Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras are prominent DO appellations to be sought out.

Like many neglected grapes, mencia was once considered a little simple and rustic. Young vines planted on plain, fertile land often translate into wines of significant volume, even though mencia is not known for its yields.

But this promising variety has undergone a revival since the discovery of some old vines rooted in the poor but slate-rich soils on steep hillsides, a terroir that conjures up the landscape of Priorat, and this has had a big impact on mencia’s quality. These old vines produce grapes concentrated in tangy flavors but rarely get too jammy or candied fruit-like, producing wines with focused, fresh fruit often featuring strawberries, dark cherries and plums, along with fine herbs and floral perfume. The bright, lively acidity of mencia can rinse the palate, making it extremely food-friendly, and the dense flavors are framed in a taut, grippy medium body, sometimes lightly peppery with a sense of minerality in the finish.

The styles of mencia also reflect well of the land and the vintage. Depending on where it is grown, it drifts from a fruity and lightly rustic gamay to a cool, spicy syrah, or from an ethereal, elegant pinot noir to a fresh, concentrated Loire cabernet franc, sometimes with a rich and spicy edge of grenache in a warmer year. The vibrant mencia makes wines that deserve to be appreciated in their own right.

That said, winemaking also gives mencia versatility, and what I find it tantalizing about this grape is that more thoughtful, avant-garde winemakers like Raul Perez and the Palacios have successfully conjured “naturalness” without deliberately making “natural wine”.

With minimal intervention to bring transparency and the uniqueness of the terroir into the glass, I sense that for mencia, “naturalness” is not a creed, but more like a concept. It sets no boundaries and does not bind the hands of winemakers, but creates honest and heartfelt wines that are closer to the vineyards than to the winery, more agricultural than they are industrial.

Today, mencia wines make up many of the hidden gems waiting to be discovered, especially by wine lovers who look for natural purity of fruit and drinkability. But don’t expect to be guided by labels and categories. “Naturalness” and “authenticity” come hand in hand with mencia wines, a byproduct perhaps of the free spirit of the people who make them.

Check out the following eight bottles we selected under $30 for mencia. These wines are a starting point for the exceptional values of mencia. With their fresh fruit and vibrant acidity,they go great with tacos or enchiladas!

8 GREAT VALUE SPANISH MENCIA WINES
Losada Vinos de Finca Mencía Bierzo 2016 – JS96
US Average Price: $19

Review Losada. Great Value



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This summer Losada Godello 2019, will be your best travel companion.


27 de May de 2020



Wellness will be the main trend this coming summer. We don't want crowds, but we do want wide and quiet spaces in the middle of nature. That's why we want you in El Bierzo, enjoying Godello Finca Losada 2019, with the confidence that everything will improve after the stress. Who said that plans for the summer can't be changed without ceasing to be suggestive, fun and healthy?

Losada Godello 2019, is a fresh wine, which is perfect for these days of high temperatures, definitely gastronomic and ready to enjoy it. Greasy, fresh and elegant, it is voluminous and delicate in the mouth, with a citric acidity that brings freshness and invites to drink it. Notes of white fruit that are previously appreciated in the nose and a sweet finish with mineral touches characteristic of the plot where it was located, from slate soils in San Lorenzo and San Esteban de Valdueza, at more than 600 meters above sea level.It is an unpressed wine aged for 6 months on fine lees 75% in stainless steel and 25% in used 500 litre French oak barrels.

It fits perfectly with fresh dishes such as: sea bass ceviche, octopus and avocado salad, prawn avocado or a spicy soup of mussels, cockles and vegetables. In general, baked or grilled fish and white meats.
The foundation of Losada Vinos de Finca is the viticulture and interpretation of the terroir of El Bierzo. Located on the Losada estate, halfway between Cacabelos and Villafranca, the challenge is to choose plots where each variety is best expressed, following a traditional production process and a subtle use of the barrel, which gives prominence to the terroir.¡






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Colin Harkness on Wine: News from the vine!


04 de May de 2020



Colin tastes our Altos de Losada mencía from "pequeñas parcelas" and explain about mencía grape, Bierzo area. Listen the tasting notes here.


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New review: Bierzo Altos de Losada Viñedos Viejos 2017 #92 pts


27 de Januray de 2020



New review: Bierzo Altos de Losada Viñedos Viejos 2017 #92 pts

Tasting Note

A velvety texture conceals depth and structure in this balanced red. Plum, cocoa, loamy earth and mineral notes mingle over well-integrated tannins. Balsamic acidity keeps this lively.
Drink now through 2027. 3,700 cases made, 750 cases imported.
— TM Issue Feb 29, 2020


Altos de Losada 2017 also scored 93 points on the list of Spanish Wines published last by the American wine critic James Suckling.

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China: Losada Vinos de Finca will participate in IWSS Chengdú 2020


08 de Januray de 2020



It is the largest and oldest exhibition fair and has been considered as the most important branding and communication platform for the wine industry in China.
The Chengdu exhibitions, held annually in March include one of the largest and oldest wine trade fairs in China, attracting more than 300,000 wine buyers, media and consumers each year.Losada Vinos de Finca will participate in this important Wine Fair next March

Hotel Shangri-La
22-25 marzo
Chengdu

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Back to business: ProWein 2022. Hope to see you ¡ ProWein from 15–17 May 2022.


07 de Januray de 2020



ProWein is the world’s leading trade fair for wine and spirits, the largest industry meeting for professionals from viticulture, production, trade and gastronomy.
Three days of concentrated business and a highly promising ancillary programme prove that ProWein is THE meeting place No. 1 for the industry. Be part of it in 2022. To another great year.

We invite you to come visit our stand and to taste our new vintages of our mencía, godello and garnacha tintorera: Losada, Altos de Losada, La Bienquerida, El Cepón, Losada Godello, Altos de Losada Godello, Pájaro Rojo and La Senda del Diablo

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Losada Vinos de Finca
See you at Prowein (Düsseldorf) next May 
Spain Pavilion 13, ICEX Hall 13
13F8009


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Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2017 and Losada 2017 both ranked among the Top 100 of the best Spanish wines of James Suckling 2019


12 de December de 2019



Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2017 and Losada 2017 both ranked among the Top 100 of the best Spanish wines of James Suckling 2019

Two of Losada's best-known mentions repeat for the third consecutive year in the list of the best Spanish wines for the North American critic, James Suckling . Both mencías have been protagonists of great success in the guides of this year. Another success for the DO Bierzo and mencía grape since they are the only wines of Bierzo in this list of Spanish wines.


LA BIENQUERIDA 2017    41
Score: 96 Points
This has a very sleek and pure set of aromas with plenty of fleshy and ripe fruit, delivered in a concise, lively and utterly delicious palate. There’s a fresh, juicy and spicy, sustained finish with a lick of pepper to close. Drink or hold.

LOSADA 2017    71

Score: 95 Points
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. Drink now or hold.

TOP 100 WINES OF SPAIN 2019


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We are proud of our scores on Guia Gourmets 2020: 96 points for Altos de Losada "La Bienquerida"


03 de December de 2019




Altos de Losada “La Bienquerida” 2017 # 96
High layer cherry with garnet trim. Intense, harmonious, memories, of blueberries, black plum, nutmeg, red tea ... Juicy, quick, structured, enveloping, with excellent fruit load and very floral. Persistent and long mineral retronasal route.
Losada 2017 95 ***
Attractive violet cherry. Intense and complex nasal route, memories of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, graphite, pepper, balsamic, cigar box, blue flowers, lowland, coffee, cocoa and chocolate cake. Large, very fresh, tasty, structured, great weight of fruit and balanced, throughout its route. Persistent and long primary end that gives it long life.

Altos de Losada "La Senda del Diablo" (The Devil's Path) 2017 # 94
Attractive and deep cherry red with violet tones. Powerful nasal route, aromas of blackberries, plums, blueberries, red peach lavender, Chinese ink, chocolate cake, licorice, balsamic and vanilla. Juicy, very fresh, remarkable structure, fruity, balsamic passage, endowed with nerve and long spicy finish.

Altos de Losada “El Cepón” 2017 # 93
Attractive cherry with violet trim. Intense, very fruity and floral, memories of black plum, blackberries, lilacs, licorice, eucalyptus, oregano, cocoa, moist soil, thyme and slate. Juicy, sapid, endowed with an excellent fruit weight, balanced, and persistent primary and mineral finish.

Losada Godello 2017 # 93
Pale straw of remarkable intensity, aromas of loquat, passion fruit, minerals, grapefruit, balsamic, chamomile flower, green tea, cinnamon sticks, smoked and dried fruits. Sweet, fresh, certain structure,creamy, fruity and balanced. Long finish with memories of exotic fruit.

Altos de Losada 2017 # 92
Maroon cherry of high layer. Aromatic, fruity and floral, memories of wild berries, violets, licorice, plumcake, cocoa, menthol and rosemary. Tasty, very fresh, balanced and well drawn acidity. Persistent mineral finish.


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Losada Vinos de Finca obtains outstanding scores over 93 points from James Suckling. Spain 2019 report


25 de July de 2019




Losada Vinos de Finca obtains outstanding scores over 93 points from James Suckling. Spain 2019 report



Altos de Losada La Bienquerida 2017
Score: 96 Points

This has a very sleek and pure set of aromas with plenty of fleshy and ripe fruit, delivered in a concise, lively and utterly delicious palate. There’s a fresh, juicy and spicy, sustained finish with a lick of pepper to close. Drink or hold.

Losada 2017
Score: 95 Points

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. Drink now or hold.


Losada Godello Bierzo 2018
Score: 93 Points

Attractive dried herbs and a fresh, minerally edge and plenty of lemon, too. The palate has a supple and elegant feel with a juicy, elegant and very pristine, linear style. Drink now.
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Altos de Losada Viñedos Viejos 2017
Score: 93 Points

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.

Altos de Losada El Cepón 2017
Score: 93 Points

There’s an attractive fresh and sleek feel to this wine that carries a wealth of fresh dark plums and summer berries, too. The palate is silky yet powerful, really neatly framed and precisely cut. Drink or hold.


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Losada Godello 2018 fresh, balanced, full-bodied


17 de June de 2019



Losada Godello 2018 fresh, balanced, full-bodied 

Losada Godello 2018 arrives when the heat begins to accompany us in informal meals and long evenings of terrace and garden.

Slate soils exclusively from two small vineyards of San Lorenzo and San Esteban de Valdueza, a mountainous area near the Valley of Silence. It is a voluptuous and delicate godello, a bright and lively white that will attract all kinds of palates. It is perfect for these almost summer evenings, pairing for any dish of Asian cuisine: sushi, tempura, also white meats or any fish in sauce such as cod and even ... why not ?, the combination with a secreto ibérico or a boar stew will surprise you. To enjoy alone or in company.

Ratings: Losada Godello 2018, 93 points Guía Peñín 2020 


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