Oltretorrente Colli Tortonesi Timarosso 2011
Piedmont, famous for its red wines, in fact has a number of exceptional white varieties well worth exploring. The most famous is perhaps Arneis, but this wine proves that the lesser known Timarosso is also capable of excellent results.
The producer Oltretorrente grows this wine in the Colli Tortonesi DOC, which is in the far east of the Piedmont region. This is an extremely small scale operation. In fact, only 100 cases of this wine were made. While these vines are only 10 years old, they are producing some characterful grapes. Oltretorrente vinifies (and ages) their Timarosso in steel, then gives it 7 months of bottle age before releasing. The results are superb, clean, acid and texture driven wine.
The nose? Pineapple and orchard fruits: nectarine, peach, and apricot. There is a wonderful combination of richer fruit but higher acidity, with a soft but not overly creamy texture. This is clean wine, with quite a light colour and no oak influence. To me, this is a perfect white food wine. It combines fruit forwardness with very crisp acidity and highly expressive aromatics. It is perfect for B.C. summer seafood and an antidote to all those boring pinot gris that get pulled out in the summer.
$23.80 at Garagiste