La Perdida “The Lost Wines” is the name given by winemaker Nacho Gonzalez referring to his very natural approach in the vineyards he farms in Valdeorras/Galicia. A biologist by training, he turned to winemaking when his grandmother bestowed upon him a vineyard site named “O Trancado.” Nacho brought it back to life from total neglect, through good farming practices and a desire to save the old vines rather than rip them up and replant. Nacho works out of a tiny cellar in the town of Larouco that he rents from friends. He produces only about 300 cases annually, a number he is happy with, as it allows him to remain in touch with both his vineyards and his wines.
The clay soils are planted primarily with 75 year old Garnacha Tintorera vines, which makes up the majority of the blend. Mencía from the O Pando vineyard rounds out this deep and dark red, and it is fermented and aged in a mix of old barrique and tinaja (clay amphorae) before being bottled unfiltered and without added SO2. A soft, pale hue of red-coral the wine is also light, tart, lean, with a brambly mix of sour cherries and winter forest. Perfectly chillable, and served either solo or with some rich roasted fatty flavors - like seared pork belly over kimchi, or Spanish Mackerel with pickled cauliflower and root vegetables.