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2020 Timorasso Derthona, Vigneti Massa - Every home should have some

July 2022

2020 Timorasso Derthona, Vigneti Massa

Every home should have some

£110 per six bottle case in bond

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One of the revelations of 2020 for us was a number of wines made in northern Italy from the Timorasso grape variety. We offered the 2018 vintage of Walter Massa’s Timorasso Derthona in September 2020. It was such a success and in such ongoing demand that we bought more to offer again in May 2021.
In late June this year, we finally tasted together in the office the 2020 Timorasso Derthona, Vigneti Massa and were, unsurprisingly, blown away again by the quality of this remarkably affordable wine. It is difficult to express the value here. This is a white wine of character, personality, fruit concentration, mineral intensity and reverberating persistence. And it is a mere £110 per 6 bottle case in bond.
To recap, Timorasso is an obscure Piemontese grape variety that has essentially been rescued from extinction by a group of dedicated growers, most notable of whom would be Walter Massa. It is an historic grape variety that was referenced back in the Middle Ages and said to be grown around the town of Tortona, some 50 miles east of Alba in north-west Italy, which also leads to its labelling as 'Derthona'. The area known as the Colli Tortonesi lies close to the border between Piemonte and Lombardy, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna.
What is particularly fascinating about Massa's Timorasso - and something most definitely in evidence in the 2020 as it was the 2018 - is that the relatively opulent, expressive fruit character makes for a wine that is immediately appealing and very more-ish, while the underlying mineral tension and structure are indicative of a wine that will certainly age in bottle for a number of years. This is a very compelling wine.

2020 Timorasso Derthona, Vigneti Massa
£110 per 6 bottle case in bond

Almost disarmingly deep in colour, the nose reveals notes of orange cream and grilled orange, apricot, pineapple and citrus. There is a subtle honied note and a touch of almond. The palate shows a richness on the attack, with so much ripe, broad, rich exotic fruit. Pineapple and grapefruit notes vie harmoniously to create a palate that is so thoroughly enjoyable. There is tension through the mid-palate, which is tight and dry yet with a juicy, mouth-watering, fresh fruit quality underpinned by an incredible mineral persistence – juicy yet taut. Such length here too. What a tremendous glass of wine; characterful, fruit-rich yet clean and long. Drinking beautifully on the 28th June 2022 and for five or more years, if you can resist. Drink 2022-2029 (ROM)

Every home should have some and the wine will be available for delivery from next week.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Take care,



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