FRATELLI MASSA Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Derthona, Tortona DOC 2016 Bottle (los)
White Still Wine | Italy | Piedmont | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Five generations of Massas have laboured tirelessly to keep the Timorasso flame alight; it’s not difficult to see the origins of Walter’s frustration. On the steep hills just east of Tortona grow the last few hectares of Timorasso in the world. An ancient variety with tiny yields and immense concentration, it ought to be served by the glass in every restaurant with even the slightest aspirations to a decent wine list. But it isn’t and Walter, no fool, knows why and why he must, literally, shove a glass in the hand of everyone he meets. The Timorasso ‘Derthona’ is initially shy in the glass but develops red apple, apricot and tangerine with time. Extended lees contact gives it a creamy mouthfeel often mistaken for oak (there is none) and the acidity will keep it developing in bottle for ages. Last year Walter opened a 1979 Timorasso and it was in rude health. This wine is full bodied and textured on the palate with a lovely concentration of stone fruit. Very well balanced with great acidity.