2016 Vigneti Massa Timorasso (Piccolo Derthona) Colli Tortonesi

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One of the more interesting native varietals of grapes that grow in Italy is Timorasso. Unique, complex, capable of aging, and reflective of its terrior, it's definitely something to experience. Walter Massa is the winemaker/farmer who brought the grape back to life in the early 1980s. He remains the leading producer and go-to grower for Timorasso. Timorasso has substance and structure and pairs beautifully with richer dishes like salmon and pork loin.


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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
Timorasso is another one of those delightful and utterly unknown gems of Italian whites. It reminds me slightly of Chenin Blanc, in that you don't have overwhelming fruit or crazy aromatics, but it is more subtle, savory and textural. This wine has delicate aromatics of apple and pear and clean, sweet hay, with a soft, full body (it sees no oak though) and a lingering, almost nutty finish. Fascinating as this wine is on its own, I think it would work well with picnic fare: hard cheeses, dried fruits and cured meats.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Piedmont

- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.