100% Timorasso Derthona
Walter Massa is known as being something of a madman, but in the greatest way possible by bucking the industrial trends of winemaking in the 1970s and seeing the potential to do things the way he thought would yield the best wines that he and the land his family tends can. Based in Colli Tortonesi, which is also the DOC for Timorasso, Massa can be found plowing his vineyards or buzzing around his cellar when someone arrives for a visit. Massa is universally known as the Maestro of Timorasso — he rescued it from obscurity and near-extinction and now leads a mini-renaissance of the variety in the Colli Tortonesi. But he also produces amazing and distinctive reds from the local varieties particularly Barbera. Besides being one of Italy’s truly great producers, he’s a stellar example of what the Italians call a personaggio — a real personality - aka the best kind of madman!
Fermentation: In stainless steel. Maceration with skins 48-60 hours. Fermentation 18-22°C. Batonnage.
Elevage: In stainless steel and concrete tanks. Minimum six months bottle aging before release.
Clarification: Light filtration.
Sulphur: 20 mg/L added at bottling.
91 pts - Vinous/Galloni
Orange confit, graphite, mint, chamomile and spice notes give the 2017 Timorasso Derthona a decidedly exotic, wild expression that is impossible to miss. Rich and creamy on the palate, the 2017 has a real sense of oiliness that is incredibly distinctive.