La Colombera, Colli Tortonesi Timorasso “Derthona”
La Colombera, Colli Tortonesi Timorasso “Derthona”

La Colombera, Colli Tortonesi Timorasso “Derthona”

Piedmont, Italy 2020 (750mL)
Regular price$38.00
/
Your cart is empty.
  • Low stock - 1 item left
  • Inventory on the way
Fruit
Earth
Body
Tannin
Acid
Alcohol

La Colombera, Colli Tortonesi Timorasso “Derthona”

The “Colli Tortonesi” DOC zone, which remains exceedingly small in terms of total vineyard acreage, covers to the hills (colli) around Tortona, an ancient town in Piedmont’s Alessandria province, not far from Piedmont’s mountainous border with Liguria. Tortona was historically known as Derthona, or Dertona, and many Timorasso-based wines (including this one) carry that archaic name on their labels. Like so many Italian grape varieties, Timorasso effectively grows here and nowhere else; it had been practically extinct until a visionary local producer named Walter Massa resurrected it and began attracting serious critical attention in the early 2000s. 


Elisa Semino of La Colombera has been another leading light in the Timorasso revival, drawing on a relatively large collection of prime vineyards in the Colli Tortonesi. This estate bottling draws from vineyards rooted in limestone-rich clay at elevations nearing 300 meters. Fermentation is carried out in stainless steel (during which the grapes are left to macerate on their skins briefly—about three hours) and aging also takes place in tank.


It’s a substantial wine on the mid-palate, with nice texture supported by a taut chord of acidity. In the glass, it’s a bright straw-yellow with hints of green at the rim, with aromas of green apple, chamomile, citrus, wildflower honey, sea salt, and green almond carrying over to the taut, medium-bodied palate. It's a crisp, unoaked white, but also one with some proper structure. Serve at 45-50 degrees in all-purpose stems and bring on the seafood! 

La Colombera, Colli Tortonesi Timorasso “Derthona”
Country
Region
Sub-Region
Soil
Farming
Blend
Alcohol
OAK
TEMP.
Glassware
Drinking
Decanting

Italy

Northwestern Italy

Piedmont

Italy’s Piedmont region is really a wine “nation”unto itself, producing world-class renditions of every type of wine imaginable: red, white, sparkling, sweet...you name it! However, many wine lovers fixate on the region’s most famous appellations—Barolo and Barbaresco—and the inimitable native red that powers these wines:Nebbiolo.

Tuscany

Chianti

The area known as “Chianti” covers a major chunk of Central Tuscany, from Pisa to Florence to Siena to Arezzo—and beyond. Any wine with “Chianti” in its name is going to contain somewhere between 70% to 100% Sangiovese, and there are eight geographically specific sub-regions under the broader Chianti umbrella.

Others We Love