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Two new reviews from Wine Enthusiast


09 de June de 2017



Losada 2014
This wine's ripe berry aromas are tinged with schisty minerality while showing restrained oaky scents of coconut and vanilla. Its saturated, firm palate features big tannins, tomato, plum, baking spice and coffee flavors and a dark, toasty finish.

—90 Points

—Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, August 2017




El Pájaro Rojo 2015

Rubbery, leathery berry aromas are edged with woody accents. There's intensity and depth to the palate, which doles out rustic plum and berry flavors. A moderately powerful but ripe finish concludes this likable Mencía from a good year.

—89 Points


—Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2017


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Wine Spectator: Spain Vibrant Culture, Delicious Wines


09 de June de 2017



Wine Spectator: Spain Vibrant Culture, Delicious Wines
Top Value Losada 2014 #91
The elegance Losada has brought to the new Bierzo in a very easy-drinking style


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Sommelier Wine Awards: double gold mendals for Losada and Losada Godello


17 de May de 2017



Sommelier Wine Awards, by the on trade for the on trade: double gold mendals for Losada and Losada Godello

Losada Godello 2015

Timothy Connor of Bread Street Kitchen liked this Gold-winning Godello’s ‘fresh lemon and jasmine, well-rounded character’, while Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer highlighted ‘smoke and hazelnuts, under-ripe guava aromas with flavours of almond milk, peach skin and baking spices’. For Chez Bruce’s Sarah Bachiorri, this was reminiscent of ‘a baked apple pie, with a salty finish – nice texture and richness’. £12.99 Matthew Clark

Losada, Crianza, Bierzo, 2011,

A red Gold to complement Losada’s equivalent white win, this was ‘revealing a bit of age, with tobacco leaf, mushroom and mature leather notes on the nose, perfect for a steak house’, began The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira, with Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall finding: ‘Lots of sweet spices, earthy cigar box and pipe tobacco notes, a meaty nose then lots of brooding, dark fruits with ripe, grippy tannins on a balanced, complex palate.’ A match for ox cheek, thought team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW. £10.98 Matthew Clark
The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. As Britain’s only on-trade wine competition, it focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers as well as the key competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants across the world. The SWA judges all serve or buy wine for their venues in the on-trade, or are leading consultants. Wines with general distribution in the ?high street are not permitted to enter, except for sparkling and fortified wines, or merchants' online-exclusive wines.


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Jancis Robinson: 17,5 Losada Godello y 17 Altos de Losada. Excellent ¡¡¡¡


04 de May de 2017



“Bierzo explained” Written by Ferran Centelles 1 May 2017

Like all the regions that are on the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela, such as Rioja,
Navarra and Ribeiro, Bierzo's wines were already produced and valued by monks in the Middle
Ages.
Bierzo is located within the valley of the River Sil, from which it is Atlantic-influenced. However,
the climate remains severely continental. Think of the region as a tectonic pot surrounded by a
mountainous chain. The village of Cacabelos, seen in the picture above taken from Prada a Tope
winery in Arganza, in the bottom of the valley, is in the centre of the region at 450 m (1,475 ft)
elevation. The elevation increases at the periphery towards the mountains that peak at 1,000 m
in the villages of Corullón, Vilafranca del Bierzo and Bembibre.
Bierzo borders on Valdeorras to the west and has considerable annual rainfall of 600-700 mm
(24-27.5 in). The rain falls mostly in the areas surrounding Valdeorras and is less pronounced in
the east of the region, For example, Corullón and Vilafranca del Bierzo are rainier than
Bembibre, Ponferrada and Congosto. There are lots of small mountains and small valleys within
the region, creating hundreds of slopes and different exposures, as shown on the map below.
(You can download a pdf of the map here in order to zoom in.)

Losada Godello 2015 Bierzo 20% is aged in second-use barrels, 80% is aged on its fine lees in stainless steel tanks. Vineyards are at 700 m elevation on slate soils. Moderate yields of 4,500 kg/ha. Production limited to 6,000 bottles. Tasted blind. Very remarkable aromatics showing quince, ripe peach, a touch of oak; a very deep and intense nose. The wine has a great palate, lots of flavour and concentration, it is voluminous and rich. For sure one of the best Godellos in Bierzo, powerful but still refined. Mouth-watering wine. (FC)14% Drink 2016-2019 17.5
Altos de Losada 2014, #17,5



Altos de Losada 2014 Bierzo70-year-old Mencía. Limited production of 7,300 bottles. The vineyards are planted on clay soils in Valtuille, Pieros and Villadecanes villages. Only native yeasts are used for fermentation, and it is aged for 15 months in new and nearly-new 500-litre French oak barrels. Tasted blind. Very good aromatics, pure and showing ripe black fruit, plums and herbal lift. Lots of fruit on the front palate, mellow and superbly integrated tannins, a dense fruit character and a savoury aspect at the back. Very good wine, fruit-charged but still silky, with superb management (FC)14% Drink 2018-2022 #1 7


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15 Recommended Spanish Value Wines


02 de May de 2017



Cooking for a crowd? WineSpectator.com's newest online feature, "The Feast," turns to ace chefs—who better to advise on feeding the whole crew?—for recipes, prep advice and, of course, wine pairings. Plus, we'll give you 15 wines priced at $20 or less recommended by our editors. Get ready: It's time to feast!

Close your eyes and picture Cinco de Mayo. What do you see? If the answer is XXL sombreros, 2-for-1 margaritas and party platters of gummy, room-temperature cheese quesadillas, you’re not alone. But the rich heritage of Mexico deserves better. 



15 Recommended Spanish Value Wines
LOSADA VINOS DE FINCA Bierzo Losada 2014 Score: 91 | $20
Generous yet focused, this red delivers black cherry, plum, blood orange, chocolate and toasty flavors, with savory notes of licorice and fennel. Light tannins and citrusy acidity support the fleshy texture. Expressive. Mencía. Drink now through 2021. 8,000 cases made.—T.M.



 


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Losada Godello 2015. Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)


23 de March de 2017



Here is a new review that just came out from Ken’s Wine Guide.
2015 Losada Spanish White "Godello"
Vintage: 2015

KWG Score: 91.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: March 20, 2017

Wine Review: 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


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Amazing wines of Bierzo


13 de March de 2017



Interview of Amancio Fernández – Winemaker – Losada Vinos de Finca for AsiaImportNews – Exclusive


Could you please tell us the story of your winery, when it was created and how it developed decades after decades ?

The winery is situated in Cacabelos on the road to Villafranca del Bierzo. This location, in the center of a triangle formed by Cacabelos, Villafranca and Toral de los Vados, allows the best possible access to the production zone of most of the quality grapes produced in Bierzo.



The Property

Aiming to make an elegant new wave Bierzo wine, Losada Vinos de Finca boldly sought out old Bierzo vineyards traditionally planted on clay soils, a terroir which had been relatively overlooked by the Bierzo’s new wave.

As a result, Losada was established on the outskirts of the village of Pieros, on the St James pilgrimage route, midway between Cacabelos and Villafranca del Bierzo.

The company also owns vineyard plots mainly planted on clay soils around Valtuille de Arriba, where grapes for Altos de Losada are produced.



Wine Maker:

Amancio Fernández Gómez (París, 1972).

Since 2005, Amancio Fernández is in-house oenologist at the Losada Vinos de Finca bodega, a young venture whose philosophy is to extract the maximum expression from the region’s terroir via the painstaking selection of estates and vineyards. “Our aim is to find exceptional clay-soil plots in Valtuille and Pieros, capable of producing elegant and complex Mencía”.



Complexity and elegance are the grassroots of the Losada Vinos de Finca project, where, in addition to the conscientious selection of vineyards in order to express the true character of the region, the grapes belonging to each individual estate are handled independently at the bodega. Furthermore, the ageing process is regarded as a means of adding complexity and nuances to the wine, increasing its longevity. All of which is geared towards expressing the terroir of El Bierzo, with the greatest authenticity possible. “Our philosophy is to respect the environment and make elegant wines” Amancio summarised.

Spanish Wine Maker, Amancio Fernández link http://www.foodswinesfromspain.com/spanishfoodwine/global/foodpedia/who-s-who/wine-maker-amancio-fernandez.html



Wine-making approach

In the cellars, we are as non-interventionist as possible and aim to bring out in the wine-making the character of the vineyard and the quality of the vintage that our painstaking work in the vines has sought to enhance. Our wine-making approach is underpinned by a combination of solid technical know-how and the experience and intuition gained from more than ten vintages in Bierzo.



Harvest and vinification

We harvest by hand, placing the bunches in small plastic crates that are taken as quickly as possible to the harvest reception area of the winery. The fruit undergoes rigorous sorting on the vines so that any additional sorting required at the winery is minimal. The grapes are then de-stemmed and gently crushed before the fermentation begins naturally with the indigenous yeasts of the grape skins. The frequency of pump-overs and the temperature of fermentation are adjusted according to the character of the vintage. The new wines are then run off the skins into barrels for the malo-lactic fermentation.



Ageing

Our wines are differentiated according to vineyard origin rather than length of time spent in barrel. We believe that the role of the barrel is to let the wine breathe slowly through the pores of the oak and thus bring added complexity and greater longevity to the wine without losing its freshness and varietal character. We oak barrels that show the true character of the forests the wood was sourced from and which are best suited to the delicate and elegant wines that we produce. Our reliable French coopers are requested to supply us with lightly toasted barrels, taking into account the characteristics of each vintage.




Losada Vinos de Finca – during winter
What sort of wines are you producing ?

To begin with, we choose to sacrifice quantity in order to obtain prime material with maximum concentration. Our vineyards represent a legacy from earlier generations in the form of small parcels of old bush vines, and we believe in minimum intervention out of respect for tradition.

Our viticulture follows a different path in Bierzo; instead of looking for step hill slate soils, we have found that mencía and godello grape peel of old vines when planted on clay soils is much finer, structure softens and wines result silkier. Acidity, backbone of these wines, is then evolved with delicateness and elegantness becomes the main characteristic of this wines


Altos de Losada – Bierzo

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Losada Vinos de Finca – Godello

Losada Vinos de Finca – Altos de Losada


How important are your export distribution compared to national distribution ?

From the beginning Losada Vinos de Finca was focused on export markets, now we self more than 50% of our bottles in foreign markets.





What sort of distributors are your customers ?

Usually our importers and distributor are wine lovers, and they sell high quality products, and very different wines.





Why your wines are different from other wineries in your area ?

As I say before, we believe in minimum intervention out of respect for tradition.

Our viticulture follows a different path in Bierzo; instead of looking for step hill slate soils, we have found that Mencía and Godello grape peel of old vines when planted on clay soils





Do you produce grapes in a organic or environmental friendly method, or with general methods ?

Environmental friendly method, it isn’t difficult in El Bierzo, because is a small area with a very small and old vineyards.




Losada Vinos de Finca
Are your wines already distributed in Asia, and if not what are the countries you are looking for new distributors ?

We have some costumers in Asia, like in Hong Kong and Japan, and know we are trying to find new possibilities in other countries for sure, we will attend next Prowein 2017 in Düsseldorf and other international fair to find new importers.




Amancio Fernández Gómez – Winemaker tasting Losada Godello


Thank you very much Mr. Amancio Fernández – Winemaker – Losada Vinos de Finca for your time and answers!
For Importers:
Losada Vinos de Finca: www.losadavinosdefinca.com

Unique flavors that you’ll never forgetAmazing wines of Bierzo
Only at Losada Vinos de Finca you find the best wines in Bierzo!
Importers looking for very good quality wines you are in the right place!





 


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Few new reviews that have recently come out from Wine Spectator


10 de March de 2017



 

# 90 LOSADA VINOS DE  FINCA Godello Bierzo  2015 Tasting  Note 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. 300 cases made. –TM Score:  90 Release  Price $32 Country Spain Region Spain Issue Apr 30,  2017  
#90 LOSADA VINOS DE  FINCA Bierzo Altos de  Losada 2014 Score:  90 Release  Price $39 Country Spain Region Spain Issue Apr 30,  2017 Tasting  Note 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. 2,000 cases  made.  –TM  
#90 LOSADA  VINOS DE FINCA Bierzo  2013 Score:  91 Release  Price $20 Country Spain Region Spain Issue Apr 30,  2017 Tasting  Note This red is  harmonious, showing richness and focus, with a polished texture that carries  expressive flavors of black cherry, licorice and tar, while lively acidity and  light, firm tannins impart backbone and balance. Drink now through 2020. 7,000  cases made.  –TM


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Altos de Losada 2014 #90 Wine Enthusiast


22 de February de 2017



 

 2014 Altos de Losada (Bierzo) – 90 Points Smooth cool aromas of cedar, lemon peel and cola accent black-fruit scents on this easygoing Mencía. Reedy blackberry flavors come with notes of herbs and spice, while the finish is mild in acidity and hence so and friendly. Drink now


The wine with the greatest complexity and individual character, displaying all the subtlety and elegance that Losada has brought to the new Bierzo style. Altos de Losada 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. 


ESTATE: unique high-altitude Losada vineyards near the villages of upper Valtuille and Pieros close to the Losada property.
SOILS: clay slopes with different exposures.
GRAPE VARIETY: Old vines Mencía.
AGEING: 15 months in French oak barrels.


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#91 Wine Enthusiast Losada Godello 2015


22 de February de 2017



Losada 2015 Godello (Bierzo) – 91 Points
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 


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