Just Pittacum is one of the great wineries of the Bierzo region, established in 1999. Forty hectares of old vineyards distributed into two hundred parcels on the hillsides of the mountain belt that makes up the Bierzo wine growing region are the source that nourishes Pittacum. Fifteen years studying the properties of a large quantity of soils have been necessary to get to know they territory in depth and select those soils that are eminently suited for wine growing. Soils that are usually on a slope, deep, well drained, and moderate fertility that imbue the vines with a contained vigor and promote correct grape ripening.
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The 2012 QS is approximately half Tempranillo with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Syrah and a pinch of Malbec that fermented together with 10-20% full clusters, and aged in oak barrels for 19 months, but 20% of the volume was kept in egg-shaped cement vats for that time. It feels fresher than the 2012 Q2, as the grapes here are selected from the chalkier parts of the different plots, which bring minerality, sapidity and freshness. It has aromas of violets, red and black cherries, hints of apricots and even some orange peel. In a warm vintage like 2012, the picking date was key, as the grapes went from green to ripe in one day, while the next day was a bit too much, and the one after the fruit was overripe. The palate is medium to full-bodied with fine, chalky tannins, moderate acidity and a slight bitterness in the finish. This is a superb, serious, mineral red that should improve in bottle. 20,444 bottles produced.
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