I received a few wines from the Spanish winery Pittacum the other day to taste. The Pittacum project started in 1999 in the Bierzo region of Spain, with an emphasis on the mencia variety. The vineyards are comprised of old vines ranging in age from 50- 80 years old and are farmed as organically as possible. 65% of the winery was acquired by Terras Gaudas in 2002.
The mencia grape gives deep and intense wines and the winemakers aim to show the personality of the wines. They vinify in stainless steel but age the wines in French and American oak barrels.
I tried the Pittacum 2007 and although it has apparent oak on the palate, it’s well integrated into the wine, a lush and rich wine with a soft round mouthfeel. A deep wine with intense black fruit notes. Even though it has 14.5% alcohol, it’s not apparent on the nose or palate.
A good wine to have with a hearty steak or perhaps a grilled chorizo sandwich.