Bierzo is a remote region of northwest Spain located on the border of Galica and Castilla y Leon and is considered by many to be the next 'big thing' in Spanish wine. The primary grape is the Mencia grape. Rarely grown anywhere else, Mencia delivers wines of great complexity but at a lower alcohol level. This makes them welcome in a world of increasingly muscular and powerful wines. Bodegas Pittacum itself is owned by the Terras Gauda operation and is situated in Argaza in the heart of Bierzo. 'Petit Pittacum' is made from the Mencia grape from small plots of organically grown 90 year old vines situated in the foothills of the mountain range that makes up the Bierzo region. The vines are grown in clay soils on steep slopes and benefit from the cooler Atlantic climate. Following a reasonably short 15-day fermentation the wine is aged in oak barrels for 3 months. This makes for an expressive red that would be perfect for a barbecue!
A bright cherry-red in the glass. A nose of blackberries, strawberries and glace cherries. On the palate, fresh and juicy with an excellent acidity and expressive red fruit flavours. The tannins are discreet and the finish lingering and bright. Great with a warm lamb salad with pea, mint & feta cheese dressing, Botillo del Bierzo - smoked pork rib cooked with chorizo and vegetables - or braised partridge in a dark chocolate sauce.