Pittacum Mencía Bierzo 2006

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A maroon colour with a purple rim, high layer and densely coloured teardrop. In the nose, aromas of fresh, living fru...

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New York, NY (2,500 mi)
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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

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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