Mix and match with other Direct wines from this producer for minimum purchase of 6 bottles (or equivalent of 4500mL) per producer. Purchases must be in multiples of 6. Ships directly from winery to you in a few weeks - $4/bottle for 12 (+$2 if order less than $400) or more & $6/bottle for 6 (+$2 if order less than $200) per producer.
Our tasting impressions
Our previous Timorasso sold out fast, as members discovered the magnificence of this wine. We are delighted to now offer the wines of Luca Canevaro, who is producing a wonderful and organic rendition from his high-elevation vineyards. It has all the attributes that make this one of Italy's finest whites - depth, concentration, gravitas and energy. I love the transparency in tasting the chalky clay from the soil. So enjoyable now but this seems poised to age well for a decade - maybe more (even more so in magnums). Thrilled to be offering this great variety once again.
About this wine
100% Timorasso produced from the best grapes from a 20 year-old, organically farmed vineyard with western exposition. The soil is clay and calcareous and elevation is 300-350 meters. Harvesting is by hand followed by strict selection.
Luca does a soft pressing and then 12 months of battonage on the fine lees in steel tank. The wine is filtered before bottling (about 4,000/year).
About the grape
Timorasso, an ancient, thick-skinned grape, is almost exclusively grown in southeast Piedmont, in and around the town of Tortona (traditionally known as Derthona). It was rescued from extinction within the last few decades.
Timorasso fell on hard times because it is a challenging crop. The grapes in each cluster vary in size and thus, ripen at varying rates. Plus, the vines are not vigorous and are susceptible to disease. So why bother with a revival? Simply put, this crisply acidic, mineral-laden grape is capable of producing one of Italy's most interesting white wines and with good body.
There still are only about two dozen producers making Timorasso, but as more people get exposed to this remarkable wine, demand will compel more to plant this indigenous grape.
Luca's vintage perspective
2016, 2017 & 2018 each, in Luca's opinion, had optimal weather conditions. The only real difference among them is that '17 was very hot and dry, resulting in a harvest that was considerably earlier than the other two. He views the grapes from all three years to have been of exceptionally high quality.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté
Gianni Respighi, a gracious B&B and wine bar host in Tortona introduced me to young Luca Canevaro. Luca has assumed the daunting responsibility of leading the wine tenuta started by his great-grandfather about a century ago. Just as significantly, he decided to join in the crusade to resurrect and celebrate Timorasso (or Derthona, as it is traditionally known), one of Italy's truly great varieties.
Luca transformed the family business in 2016, supported by his brother Stefano (who has recently finished his oenology training) and guided by his father, Sandro. They farm 8 hectares of vineyards that are now certified organic. Production is only about 15,000 bottles per year.
Vineyards thrive at higher elevations (more direct sun, greater day/night temperature variance and enhanced drainage) and Canevaro has some of the highest vineyards in the DOC of Colli Tortonesi - up to 300-350 meters. This asset combined with respect for the land and tradition, passion and dedication has this small estate on a path to prominence. VDLT is pleased and proud to introduce this wonderful family's wines to the US.