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Characteristics of Pittacum Val de la Loba
Pittacum Val de la Loba is a red wine from DO. Bierzo produced by Bodegas Pittacum. The winery is situated in the town of Arganza (León) and was founded back in 1999.
The century old Mencía vineyards are planted on loamy soils, on slopes and high density and worked completely by hand. The harvest is carried out with small 12kg boxes.
The grapes pass through a selection table before being placed into a 20 hectolitre tank, where they ferment for 20 days at controlled temperatures, with light pump overs carried out for a light extraction. The wine is then aged for 12 months in barrels, although first year barrels rather than brand new to ensure that the wine retains a fruitier and lighter character.
Serve at 15ºC
Lightly seasoned salad, Poultry, Beans and pulses, Blue fish, Rice with meat
A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental. The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area.
The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather. What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine. The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
In recent years, winemakers and developers have settled in the DO Bierzo with very plausible innovative ideas, investing heavily in local wineries, resulting in the production of personal and unique wines. There is no doubt that El Bierzo has become a trendy and cool D.O, aided by the spicy, delicate and velvety Mencia grape, whose character and great capacity of expression of terroir is undoubtedly the regions best asset. Even many compare it to the Pinot Noir, which together with the small scale style of production and topography of its vineyards, the traditional form of the Burgundian bottle used, and the original use of the names of towns and places in their best wines, resulted in this wine region being given the nickname of "little Spanish burgundy".
The origins of Pittacum can be found in the Valley of O Rosal, Rías Baixas, in Bodega Terras Gauda. Today, with 15 years of experience, personality, regularity and quality remain the three key premises that define Pittacum's commitment to their project in El Bierzo. Here, the forty hectares of old vineyards, distributed in two hundred plots on the skirts of the mountain range, are the ones that nourish their wines.