'Archetipo' by Ezio Poggio is Timorasso in all its glory; aromatic, with zingy citrus and spice, light florals, and crunchy green apple. Still very well structured, and definitely capable of ageing and developing more in the bottle.
Timorasso is a variety that feels like finding buried treasure. Indigenous to Piedmont, it produces some spell binding white wines, and yet very few (outside of Piedmontese enthusiasts) may have heard of it. In fact, at one point it was at risk of dying out completely. Thankfully this was not the case!
Light nose has the characteristic 'burnished metal' character of Timorasso. Good fruity attack on the front palate and great balance. I know from experience that Timorasso can age well and I suspect this example will too. Grip and persistence. And good acidity. Real texture here.
Siblings Ezio – an oenologist – and Mary Poggio are the third generation of their family to farm in the majestic Val Borbera in Piedmont. During Roman times, grape growing, and winemaking was widespread here and at the core of the valley’s cultural identity. Sadly, this changed in the aftermath of the Second World War, when many farmers left their homes to find work in the cities. Piedmont is certainly best known for Barbera and Nebbiolo, yet it is also home to an ancient, local white variety called Timorasso.
This lesser-known grape can produce sensational, age-worthy white wines that are uniquely Piedmontese. Ezio Poggio is part of a growing legion of Timorasso evangelists who believe that this grape, from this place, makes wines to be reckoned with. His efforts have certainly paid off, and the Renaissance of Timorasso is now in full swing. Jancis Robinson recently commented ‘I know from experience that Timorasso can age well’, indicating that Ezio’s belief in the variety certainly holds true. This once-forgotten Piedmont grape is alive and kicking.