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Details for Losada Crianza, Bierzo


CountrySpain
Region
Castilla y León
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AppellationBierzo
Grape
Mencía / Jaen
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Year2011
Producer
Losada Vinos de Finca
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ABV14%


Castilla y León

The autonomous region of Castilla y León occupies much of north central Spain and is home to a number of important Spanish winemaking regions.  This is the northern part of Spain’s central plateau and is essentially a high plain surrounded by mountains with the Duero river running east to west through it.  It has a harsh continental climate, with baking hot summers and bitterly cold winters when most of the limited rain falls.  Altitude and clear skies mean nights are cool even in summer.  Much of the land is too poor and arid even for vines; the wine regions are mostly strung out along the river.
 
The largest and most famous is Ribera del Duero, home to some of Spain’s most revered reds made largely or entirely from Tempranillo.  Tempranillo also dominates further downstream in Toro, near the Portuguese border, although there is a little Garnacha here as well.  Between the two lies Rueda which, along with Rías Baixas, is Spain’s leading white white region.  Its refreshing whites are made mostly from the local grape Verdejo, supported by Viura and Sauvignon Blanc.
 
North of the region’s capital Valladolid, Cigales has traditionally specialised in rosado (rosé), although some exciting Tempranillo-based reds are now being made.  In the far northwest on the border with Galicia, where the climate is less extreme, fast-rising Bierzo produces fragrant and characterful reds from the Mencía grape.
 
In the far south, on the border with Castilla La Mancha and Madrid, the Sierra de Gredos range combines granite soils with high altitude, and has been building a reputation for unusually elegant old-vine red Garnacha and white Albillo.  It’s being hailed as “the new Priorat”, even though it doesn’t yet have its own DO.


Losada Vinos de Finca

Founded in 2005, Losada Vinos de Finca is unusual among Bierzo bodegas in championing old-vine vineyards on clay soils, rather than the slate and granite espoused by the first wave of notable Bierzo producers.  They are also unusual in not buying in any grapes from other growers; all their wines are made entirely from their own vineyards.
 
They now have 34 separate plots, almost all old-vine, on a mixture of clay and slate soils. Terroir is all-important here: the winery prefers to craft its wines to reflect the vineyard characteristics rather than the type and length of maturation, so the usually all-important terms like crianza  and riserva  are relegated to the back label.
 
The company may be relatively young but its four founders have plenty of track record.  Head winemaker Amancio Fernández was born in the region and was the winemaker for noted Bierzo pioneer Dominio de Tares from 2000 until 2005.  Initially Losada operated out of rented premises but the success of their early wines enabled the construction of their own state-of-the-art gravity-fed winery, designed by modernist architect Jesus Manzanares, which was completed in 2010.
 
They produce four red Bierzos: La Bienquerida, from a single vineyard planted in 1906; Altos de Losada, from high-altitude clay vineyards around Valtuille de Arriba and Pieros, which sees new oak barrels; Losada itself, from a mixture of clay and slate vineyards, aged in old oak; and El Pajaro Rojo, an unoaked wine for early drinking, from clay soils.  There is also a rosado, 5 Rosas, from the youngest Mencía vines, and a white Godello.
 

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