Derthona is the old name for Tortona, the main town in the Colli Tortonesi, which form a bridge between southern Piedmont and Lombardy. Costo Vescovato, where Daniele owns his vineyards, is characterised by a slightly hilly topography with moderately steep slopes, mainly based on marl and pelite (claystone). The climate is characterised by cold winters, not a little rain and good thermals. In one way or another, all this influences the Timorasso, a notoriously complex variety that was the most important white variety in Piedmont before phylloxera. However, due to its unreliable yields, the asynchronous ripening times of the berries and its susceptibility to trickle and botrytis, it almost disappeared from the face of the earth. Today, Timorasso is enjoying an astonishing renaissance. The white wines made from it are demanding, mineral, sophisticated, multi-layered and long-lasting.
Daniele's basic version comes from a 1.5-hectare vineyard planted in 1995, which he usually harvests in mid-September and ferments and stores spontaneously in a stainless steel tank. The maceration time is three days, whereby the grape skins of the Timorasso are very thin and consequently only release marginal and very fine tannins into the wine. Maturation lasts 12-22 months, depending on the vintage.
Derthona is the introduction to Daniele's fantastic world of white wines. It offers vibrant liveliness, a pulsating but also creamy texture due to the long lees contact, in which refreshing citrus notes are embedded, accompanied by herbal and stony flavours. The body is elegant. The tannins provide structure and are responsible for the linear orientation towards the palate. The finish is cool, lively and animating.
Grape variety: 100% Timorasso
Vineyard: Various terraces around Costo Vescovato
Harvest: by hand
Fermentation: spontaneous | wild yeasts in steel tanks
Ageing: 18 months on the lees in steel tanks
SO₂: < 50mg/l
Alcohol content: 13.5% vol.
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking temperature: 10-12 °C
Perfect drinking maturity: from now - 2026
Content and price per litre: 0.75 l/(€21/l)
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