La Spinetta Piccolo Derthona Colli Tortonesi Timorasso 2021
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Colli Tortonesi|
La Spinetta Piccolo Derthona is produced from the Timorasso grape, a characteristic white variety native to the Tortona area in the southeast of Piedmont. Included in the Colli Tortonesi (Tortona Hills) DOC appellation, the variety is gaining ever more attention, both in Italy and internationally, for its fresh and mineral expressions. Situated in the far north-western corner of the zone, this particular viticultural area represents both the transitional gateway between the Po plains and the Mediterranean Sea and the very northernmost reaches of the Apennines, resulting in considerable variability in microclimate, altitude and soil type, key components of terroir.
The 2021 Timorasso Derthona is one of the more restrained versions of this rediscovered variety readers will come across. Orchard fruit, pear, lemon peel, sage and chamomile are nicely woven together. Timorasso can be a bit rustic, but many of those harder contours have been tamed here. Pretty floral notes round out the finish.