Timorasso is a golden-colored grape from Piedmont's Colli Tortonese. Aside from Gavi and Moscato, Piedmont is not well known for white wines, and Timorasso has a bit more richness and weight compared to most white wine grapes. Older examples can take on characteristics reminiscent of a fine Chablis. There's a suggestion of spice and an almost nutty character that complements marmalade and orange fruit tones.
100 Timorasso from the north-facing vineyard parcels of Rampone and Simonelli (0.8 hectares total), planted in 1996 at 300m on silty calcareous soils. Harvest is manual at 7,000kg/ha (around 50hl/ha). The grapes are whole-cluster pressed. Fermentation lasted 30 days in stainless steel tanks. No malolactic (the easier path, since the cold of the cellar combined with the alcohol and acidity in the wine block it naturally.) Aged in stainless for 8 months on the fine lees.
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