Daily Wine 9/22/17:
Vigneti Massa – Derthona – Timorasso – Colli Tortonesi – 2014
- This wine is 100% Timorasso, a grape native to the Tortone region of Piemonte, Italy.
- Timorasso dates back to the Middle Ages, but the growing area has been in decline since the Second World War and the economic boom. Many growers replaced Timorasso with the more profitable Cortese grape.
- In the early 1980’s, Walter Massa began working to recover Timorasso and saved it from extinction. Only about 20 hectares exist today. One other producer, Mariotto, has plantings.
- Italy has over 1,000 identified and distinct grape varieties.
- When Timorasso is vinified, it provides a lot of complexity and structure from alcohol and skin contact. This wine spends about sixty hours on the skins to lend a deep gold color.
- Truly a flavor profile and structure that combines notes of Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
- A minimum of six months of bottle aging and batonnage add more depth to the finished wine.
- Derthona is the ancient name for Tortona, the town in southeast Piemonte from which the appellation is named.
- Timorasso is one of the longest-aging white varieties in Italy. Good vintages easily age five to ten years.
- This bottling includes a blend of a few vineyards ranging from ten to twenty years old around the village of Monleale. Soils vary from clay and calcareous to loosely packed stone and chalk.
- Fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts.
- Pair with richer fish, poultry, and pork.