This Timorasso takes its name from the Latin word ‘Caespes’, which broadly refers to the soil and land in which these particular vines are planted. Whilst many producers are choosing to age their wines in oak, Ezio wants freshness and fruit purity in his final wines. He ages in stainless steel, producing a wine bursting with ripe citrus, bruised apple, dried herbs, and fragrant spices, with a healthy whack of flinty minerality to round it out. A fantastic alternative to textured Chardonnay. Excellent to drink in its youth, but certainly a wine that will develop in bottle.
Originally selected for Joe Woodhouse's Wine Club Case
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.