Derthona Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Doc

Derthona Colli Tortonesi Timorasso DOC

  • Colli Tortonesi DOCG, 
  • Piedmont, 
  • italy

Latest Awards

  • 90 points Wine Enthusiast , May 2024
  • 90 points Jeb Dunnuck , May 2024

Since 1858, the Fontanafredda Estate & Winery has been instrumental to the growth and international awareness of Barolo, while championing sustainability and community engagement in the Langhe region of Piedmont. Under the lead of visionary entrepreneur, Oscar Farinetti, Fontanafredda has built a portfolio of wines that express the depth and diversity of the Langhe, produced from grapes that are farmed from organic and sustainably managed vineyards. Since the 2018 harvest, Fontanafredda is the largest certified organic winery in Piedmont.


Timorasso is native grape to the Colli Tortonesi DOC, a stretch of hills (colli) flanking the town of Tortona 60 miles to the east of Barolo and the Langhe hills. Derthona is the ancient Roman name for Tortona. Seeking an identity that ties to the land rather than a grape, in 2000 the decision was made by Timorasso producers to name all Timorasso bottlings, Derthona. With the ability to age, Derthona has the reputation for being the “white Barolo.” Grapes for Fontanafredda’s Dorthona bottling from southwest-facing vineyards 250ml asl. Soils are composed of ground limy limestone (pulverized limestone). Hand harvested grapes are picked at the end of September and brought to the winery in 20-kilo boxes.

Winemaking & Aging

As soon as the grapes reach the winery, they are de-stemmed and pressed, then cold-macerated for 12 hours at a temperature of 46°F. At the end of the maceration, the grapes are softly squeezed and the must, after a 24-hour rest in the tank, is decanted to separate the coarser deposits. Fermentation takes place inside steel vats for about 30 days at temperatures between 59°–62°F. It is bottled without ageing.

Tasting Notes

Intense straw yellow. Aromatic bouquet of exotic fruit and white-pulp fruit. An enveloping and harmonious wine, it has a fresh and persistent profile. As it ages, it gains in mineral complexity and boast dried fruit, almond and honeyed notes.


This wine opens with aromas of ripe orchard fruits, quince and Key lime curd that then shifts gears to offer a beeswax and stony minerality. Layers upon layers of flavors stack up with each sip, sometimes fruit, sometimes earth, sometimes savory, this wine embodies the earth, a testament to the timeless essence of the land. —J.P.

Wine Enthusiast - May 2024


Flavors of green apple, Asian pear and lime zest are driven by racy acidity towards a cool, saline finish. This will gain weight and richness with a little bottle age. -S.J.

Wine & Spirits - March 2024


Bright straw with a green-tinged hue, the 2022 Timorasso Derthona Colli Tortonesi is fresh with white pepper, bright herbs, green melon rind, and lime zest. Elegant and medium-bodied, with a very pretty texture, it floats on the palate with notes of delicate citrus flowers and white peach. It’s refreshing and perfect for spring at this stage, but as the vines age, these wines will likely have some real aging potential. At this stage, it’s a very fresh style to drink over the next few years. 20,000 bottles produced. -A.F.

Jeb Dunnuck - May 2024


Colli Tortonesi DOCG

grape varieties

100% Timorasso



technical details
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Closure: Cork

Giorgio Lavagna Technical Director


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