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Bierzo is a wine region in the northwest part of Castilla y Leon, close to the region's borders with Galicia to the west and Asturias to the north. Divided into two distinct parts, there's Bierzo Alto - 'high Bierzo' - which is mountainous and has terraced vineyards carved into the slopes - and Bierzo Bajo- 'low Bierzo' - which is a broad, verdant plain.
Once inhabited by the Romans, Bierzo was afforded Denominación de Origen (DO) status in 1989 and its climate and location are optimal for growing the local Mencía grapes. Garnacha is also important and broadly used in red wine blends from the region.
I was able to track down a single-varietal bottle from the Bierzo: Losada Bierzo 2017. Made of Mencía grapes, this was a completely new-to-me grape as well as wine region. The Losada Vinos de Finca was established in 2004 across from the ruins of Bierzo's Roman-era fortification called Castro Ventosa. And their philosophy was to create limited production wines without excessive technology. A throwback to the region's history, the owners sought out old Mencía vineyards that were established on the clay substrates versus the more popular slate ones.
The grapes are sustainably farmed and hand-harvested before being destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Then the wine is aged in French oak for nine months before bottling.
Red fruit abounds in this earthy wine. It pours a deep ruby with purple highlights. On the nose, you get raspberry and pomegranate at the forefront. On the palate the wine has surprising depth and texture. But the velvety texture gets some lift from the minerality and tartness on the finish.
- 4 to 6 medium-sized potatoes (I used Yukon gold)
- 1 onion, peeled and thickly sliced
- 2 bell peppers (I used one red and one green), cored and sliced
- 5 to 6 cloves of garlic. peeled and crushed
- olive oil
- freshly ground salt
- freshly ground pepper
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.