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Timorasso

The rediscovery of Timorasso is hinged on the extreme search to achieve intact, highly concentrated grapes on the vine. This choice is almost compulsory as this grape, which has always been somewhat difficult to handle, requires special attention in managing the vegetation and yield per strain.
Timorasso has surprising aromatic potential and is bursting with norisoprenoids, namely perfumes that form right in the grapes but which only reveal their full aroma in aged white wines. The considerable structure and important acid tension help exalt mineral tones that are unusual in Italian whites.
It is a very clear, medium-intensity straw yellow colour. The bouquet is clearly elegant, compound and intense, playing on floral hints and fresh, mineral notes.
It is fresh, sapid, pleasant and clear to the palate, developing in a balanced, lively fashion with no weight nor upper body, but with a sure step and long-lasting effect.
This variety has non-standard grapes, giving rise to a richness of aroma that is expressed in full approximately eighteen months after harvest.
It continues to evolve for some years in the bottle; at this point, it holds out well on ageing, making the Timorasso immediately perfect for a cuisine that is always on the look-out for products able to exalt their culinary masterpieces.
I today look upon the Timorasso as an equal to the other vine varieties I grow; I am committed to having it included on the very best wine lists, not as a “rare beast” but rather as an ambassador of a territorial, authentic product with a great personality and a bearer of culture, proposed to an attentive consumer.
The Timorasso is the white grape variety most interesting and promising a region to tradition "rossista" as Piedmont.

In the early nineties the work of some of the tough grower Tortonese saved from sure extinction that this variety has outstanding aging qualities and organoleptic qualities really interesting.

 


THE TIMORASSO GRAPE


Synonyms: Timuassa, Timorazza, Marasso, Dolce Verde

 

Historic origins: Autochthonous vine variety of Tortona, widespread since ancient times in the areas around Tortona and Novi Ligure. Historical mentions have been found by De Maria and Leardi and therefore by Rovasenda, describing it as “a very good white grape”

 

Cultivation area: in the province of Alessandria, traditionally centred around the area of Val Curone, Val Grue, Val Scrivia and Val Borbera

 

Vine variety characteristics: medium-sized leaves with five lobes, smooth, involuted edges, fairly protruding veins with a velvety feel. Medium-size, fairly compact bunch that is elongated, pyramidal and often winged. Medium-sized, spheroid grapes that are non-identical, pruinose, fairly thick, consistent skin

 

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