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Pittacum 2019



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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Pittacum was one of the first red wines produced in this group of splendid new Bierzo wines. Old vines on hillsides, rooted in deep, well-drained and quite fertile soils guarantee restrained strength and the ideal maturity. The winery spent fifteen years studying the qualities of different areas of their estates to find those with the best wine-producing possibilities and to appreciate the true potential of each corner of the landscape.

Bunches of grapes are collected by hand and only the best grapes are selected to be vinified with extreme care and used to produce saignée wine which then ages in oak, sheltered from temperature changes in the stillness of the dark and cool wine cellar. Its time in the bottle smoothes the wine out and rounds off its youthful vigour.

Pittacum has an intense Picota cherry colour and delights with a nose of blue flowers, ripe black plums, shrubland and the freshness of damp soil, tobacco and bay leaves, crumbling stones, and freshly-picked blueberries. Juicy and fresh on the palate with a glowing acidity and enveloping maturity, reminiscent of Indian ink, it fills the mouth with warm and measured tannins while it delights the tongue with a degree of complexity rarely seen in this price range. Just the right amount of dryness leads inevitably to a second sip and its natural freshness suggests it will pair well with many gastronomic dishes. It has a retronasal smell of elegant smoke and hints of fruit which is wilder and even more lively than the first taste. The wine has a certain resilient character reminding us of the first harvests, adding balance and elegance with every vintage. A contemporary reinterpretation of Bierzo wines, it does not hesitate to show the potential of a great grape like the Mencia which expresses itself openly and transmits the elegance of its contemplative ageing in wood. The Mencia can be tasted in every sip of Pittacum, as can the Bierzo landscapes, soils, and climate.

What does this wine taste like?

Cherry red / Intense
Elegant / Red fruit / Spicy notes / Indian ink / Mineral notes
Juicy / Light / Long finish

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Grilled meat / Stews / Vegetable casseroles / Cooked sausages / Cheeses

Ratings and awards

202090 PK
201992 PN
201894 SK
201791 PN
201691 PN91 SK
201015.5 JR90 PN93 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The eponymous 2020 Pittacum is toasty and ripe, with 14.5% alcohol, reflecting a warm year and an élevage in used barrels for eight months. It has a profile of wines from the 2000s, with more generous ripeness and oaking. It finishes dry and with abundant tannins that are going to require more time in bottle and/or powerful food. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (10/08/2023)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 90 PARKER

Customer reviews

18 reviews


Ageing period8 months
Type of woodFrench and American oak

The winery

Viñedos y Bodegas Pittacum

Viñedos y Bodegas Pittacum

The Pittacum project started out in 1999 in Arganza, in Bierzo, a Denomination of Origin undergoing rediscovery in the province of León. A deep passion for wine led three associates from Ponferrada to join forces and concentrate on the indigenous black grape variety, Mencía, with the clear intention of showing that their local wines had plenty of personality. A few years later, in 2002, Terras Gauda acquired 65% of the winery. Bodegas Pittacum own 5 hectares of vineyards...