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Pittacum Mencía Bierzo 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Bodegas Pittacum was purchased several years ago by Terras Gauda who were looking to find a red wine with distinctive personality. The winery is located in Arganza, a town of longstanding vine-growing and wine-making heritage, nestled in the beautifully hilly landscape of the Bierzo region. Alfredo Marques Calva, the technical director of Pittacum, is both artist and artisan, constantly researching and experimenting in the winery. He is equally passionate about food, and a visit to his winery might include a lunch of tuna belly with superb pimentos, air-dried beef or slow cooked roast kid washed down with plenty of Pittacum. The Aurea is from a single 1-hectare vineyard called Areixola located on an east-facing hillside slope with a particular microclimate favouring the production of aromatic Mencias. After a fifteen-day maceration period the grapes receive a smooth pressing. A further malolactic fermentation in new French barrels is followed by three months batonnage and ageing in new oak for 14 months. The wine is clarified with egg whites, but left unfiltered. The Aurea has intense, expressive aromas: not only mature notes of roasted fruits (black cherries, sweet figs), toffee and cocoa, but also herbal notes such as rosemary and lemongrass. Dense in the mouth, but exceedingly elegant with smooth tannins, great balance and roundness. A very long finish and a complex aftertaste, very fruity with harmonious roasted and toasted flavours again apparent. For such a rich wine this is amazingly delicious

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Viñedos Y Bodegas Pittacum:
Since Viñedos y Bodegas Pittacum first opened for bussines, its mission has been clear: to create wines with personality, wich - without losing sight of the hallmark features of the Mencía variety and the local area and climate - bear a unique stamp. Personality, reliability and quality are the tree key words that define our commitment. The quality of a great wine inevitably depends on the ex... Read more
Since Viñedos y Bodegas Pittacum first opened for bussines, its mission has been clear: to create wines with personality, wich - without losing sight of the hallmark features of the Mencía variety and the local area and climate - bear a unique stamp. Personality, reliability and quality are the tree key words that define our commitment. The quality of a great wine inevitably depends on the excellence of the raw material. The productivity and age of the vines are key factors in achieving a fine product. The fact that different places have different soils, slopes, orientations and microclimates means that we can obtain grapes with characteristics that also differ widely. Each variety is processed separately, before being mixed in the exactly the right proportions. Our extensive knowledge and experience of wine-making in the region ensures that at our winery only the finest grapes are used for the finest wine.Our winery is located in Arganza, a town with a longstanding vine-growing and wine-making heritage, and nestled in the extraordinarily beautiful landscape of the "Bierzo Region". An area with its own inimitable accents that make it stand apart from any other wine-producing region in the Iberian Peninsula. A modern building houses everything needed for the processing of our grapes. While the casks in which we age our wines silenty sleep in a sturdy stone farmhouse Read less

Tasting Notes:

A maroon colour with a purple rim, high layer and densely coloured teardrop. In the nose, aromas of fresh, living fruits predominate, reminiscent of wild cherries, aromatic herbs and flowers, together with hints of its aging in oak: cocoa, toffee and balsamic intimations. In the mouth it is fleshy, with volume. It presents balanced acidity, elegant and fresh. A harmonious wine with a long balsamic, fruity aftertaste.

Bodegas Pittacum was purchased several years ago by Terras Gauda who were looking to find a red wine with distinctive personality. The winery is located in Arganza, a town of longstanding vine-growing and wine-making heritage, nestled in the beautifully hilly landscape of the Bierzo region. Alfredo Marques Calva, the technical director of Pittacum, is both artist and artisan, constantly researching and experimenting in the winery. He is equally passionate about food, and a visit to his winery might include a lunch of tuna belly with superb pimentos, air-dried beef or slow cooked roast kid washed down with plenty of Pittacum. The Aurea is from a single 1-hectare vineyard called Areixola located on an east-facing hillside slope with a particular microclimate favouring the production of aromatic Mencias. After a fifteen-day maceration period the grapes receive a smooth pressing. A further malolactic fermentation in new French barrels is followed by three months batonnage and ageing in new oak for 14 months. The wine is clarified with egg whites, but left unfiltered. The Aurea has intense, expressive aromas: not only mature notes of roasted fruits (black cherries, sweet figs), toffee and cocoa, but also herbal notes such as rosemary and lemongrass. Dense in the mouth, but exceedingly elegant with smooth tannins, great balance and roundness. A very long finish and a complex aftertaste, very fruity with harmonious roasted and toasted flavours again apparent. For such a rich wine this is amazingly delicious

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