‘Bricco Bartolomeo’ Cortese
‘Il Montino’ Timorasso
‘Vegia Rampana’ Barbera
2017 ‘Bricco Bartolomeo’ Cortese – tasted April 2018. 100% Cortese from Tortona, on calcareous and clay soils. 100% stainless steel to maintain crispness and freshness. Citrus, nectarine and little white flowers. On the palate, juicy with good acidity and balance.
2017 Derthona Timorasso – whole bunch, wild yeast, fruit from four vineyards of essentially Marne Sant’Agata soils (light – brown), planted between 1998 – 2000, at 260 -300m asl, winter on the lees…from bottle: Riesling esque! Corn flower, lime sherbet/nectarine, peaches with syrup! Tasted April 2018 – closed at first on the nose but opened up on the palate. Very mineral, tight, pure.
2006 Derthona Timorasso – tasted Sept’17, the final vintage when all the Timorasso vineyards were blended together (in 2007 ‘Il Montino’ was separated out); gleaming gold, focussed rich petro-carbon, real candied lime botrytis, sciropo, intensity, ginger root, cologne lift/fresh, white musk, mushroomy/boleto complexity, incredibile! So fine, fluido, great 2nd phase, white currants, lime purity, a perfect example of why Timorasso is sought after!
2015 ‘Il Montino’ Timorasso – tasted April 2018, from the single Il Montino vineyard on grey clay/marne, planted in 1998, 100% stainless steel, wild yeasts only, with 10 months on lees, and some battonage. 12 mths bottle age before release. Riesling-esque in concentration and complexity, with exotic fruit and citrus aromas, a hint of honey and lime blossom. In bocca: an intense lime focused core, a hint of residual sugar (5g RS) paired with good acidity to give it an extra lift. Intriguing and delicious.
‘Vegia Rampana’ Barbera 2016 – c.10k bts, gorgeous inky purple, pure Spanish plum, fantastic, fruit salad richness & expression, che gioia! hint of black pepper, sumptuous, spremuta/press of prune!