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
There are probably quite a few Derthona producers who would like to call this 2nd Timorasso their 1st. Maybe it's the high elevation or the Canevaro family's vineyard and their thoughtful cellar work, but this is super and delicious. It has a nice golden hue and deep floral and yellow stone fruit aromas. It's lighter-bodied and less structured than its big sibling, but has admirable length, finishing with strong mineral flavors. I think this has some upside with time in the cellar, but mine will scratch my Timorasso itch while the flagship wine ages. This is a great addition.
About this wine
100% Timorasso produced from younger vines, organically farmed vineyard with western exposition. The soil is clay and calcareous and elevation is 300-350 meters. Harvesting is by hand wherever possible, followed by strict selection.
Luca does a soft pressing and then 3 months of battonage on the fine lees in steel tank. The wine is filtered before bottling about 1,000/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 Tortona at 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.