'Superstar winemaker Giorgio Rivetti is most famous for his trio of masterful Piemonte reds, Barbarescos Gallina, Starderi and Valeirano. He has ventured south to Tuscany, too, where his rich, layered, oak-soaked style of red winemaking works well with his various ‘Super-Tuscan’ incarnations. But his most remarkable recent release is, shock-horror, a white wine, and it comes from the little-known Colli Tortonesi region of Piemonte. Situated some 50 miles to the east of Alba, the wines from the hills to the east of the town of Tortona are starting to register on curious, wine geek palates. Best-known for producing workmanlike versions of the red grape Barbera, it is the super-rare, indigenous white grape Timorasso which has shone a spotlight on this region like never before
Timorasso is an ancient variety grown in Tortona (once called Derthona) on the hills of this area (the Colli Tortonesi) well to the East of Alba. It's an hour or so north of Genoa, and a bit past the area that Gavi is made. You can drink it now, but you can tell that after opening it, it's even better after a day or two, that it will age well for 4 or 5 years and still be very interesting.
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“I have never tasted a Timorasso as spellbinding as this one. This is the debut vintage of this wine from Giorgio and is comes from vineyards situated at 300m altitude, in the villages of Montemarzino and Montegioco. There are no tricks whatsoever in the winemaking, just a discreet period of lees contact and then it is bottled without delay. Fresh onto our shelves, this is one of the most beguiling wines of the moment. With a flavour silhouette reminiscent of a Premier Cru Chablis but with more exoticism of stone fruit and honeysuckle on the nose and a fleshier mid-palate, this is an absolute diva of a wine and the value, given its illustrious heritage, is staggering.”Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek - MatthewJukes.com