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.
Organic fertilisers are used and green practices are employed throughout the vineyard to ensure the health of the vines. Once the timing of the picking of the different plots has been decided, the teams of grape-pickers make the first selection on the vine. Only the healthiest, ripest bunches are packed into 14-kilogram boxes, to prevent them from splitting or becoming bruised.
The selective extraction of tannins is carried out with manual cap-plunging, pumping-over and long macerations. Every day during the barrelling the wines are tasted, and with the aid of analytical monitoring of polyphenol compounds, the appropriate time for removal is determined. Next, the grape skins are pressed in a vertical press working at low pressure-important if the wine is to be of optimal quality. Now is the time for malolactic fermentation, part of which is done in stainless-steel vats and the rest in oak casks. After malolactic fermentation, and still without having undergone any kind of filtering or clarifying, the wine is moved to the aging casks. Different oak sources and different vat curing levels to obtain the best results for each type of wine. The casks are located in a stone farmhouse, sheltered from sunlight and at ideal temperature and humidity level, for as long as necessary to reveal the potential of each harvest and characteristics of each type of wine. After aging, the wine is clarified with egg white and then coarsely filtered, bottled and stored.
The wine is intense cherry-red colour with a striking purplish rim, very clean and brilliant. It is marked by a complex bouquet, with a wide range of aromas including red fruits (blackberry, raspberry), liquorice and mineral tones, pleasant woody hints, spices, pepper and oregano, and an agreeable backdrop redolent of smoked cocoa. Warm in the mouth, with a significant concentration of fruit, dense and fleshy and sweet tannin it is a tasty wine to be savoured, with a persistent finish and retro-nasal qualities, plus pleasant balsamic resonance.
Try with a tuna steak cooked with pimentos, Italian Stratiacella (egg soup with veal meatballs and spinach) or braised duck ragout.