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Vigneti Massa Pietra del Gallo 2013 (2 bottles)
Vigneti Massa Terra 2013 (2 bottles)
Vigneti Massa Timorasso Derthona 2012 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £59.28
Club Discount Price: £51.60
You save: £7.68 (12.94%)
Apart from making delicious red and white wines, Walter has the distinction of having re-established the connection linking the Tortona hills with the Timorasso variety, an ancient grape that had always existed in this area until its cultivation was abandoned which nearly resulted in its extinction. But at the beginning of the 1990s, a group of producers, led by Walter Massa himself and his charismatic vision of the future, decided to express the unique characteristics of this grape in the wines which today are so admired by specialist critics and lovers of fine wine.
The selection we are proposing this month includes three original wines, unpretentious but most acceptable, which we at Italvinus are very enthusiastic about: a Freisa (a largely forgotten variety but now fortunately reinstated), a Barbera and the aforementioned Timorasso.
What better way to start the year than with a good find? Our January suggestions enable you to discover the excellence of a great producer and the merits of some varieties fairly unknown so far. Three delicious and admirable wines which yet again demonstrate that great wines don't have to cost a fortune. We're convinced that Massa's wines are an excellent way to start off the year... Enjoy them!
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Red. Vigneti Massa Colli Tortonesi, Italy Freisa
Bottle: £8.33 club members / £9.48 non-members
In the glass it exhibits bright, clear, violet hues and releases aromas that triumph due to their purity and simplicity: notes of violet, cherry, pepper and musk. The palate confirms all its smoothness and tastiness; it is fresh, fleshy and offers a light tingling sensation on the palate which makes it even more pleasant. To summarise, a charming wine, robust, pleasurable but not overly complicated. Perfect for accompanying a savoury aperitif with cooked sausages and cured meats, and an ideal option for those who prefer a glass of red wine before a meal.
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Red. Vigneti Massa Colli Tortonesi, Italy Barbera
Bottle: £5.26 club members / £6.46 non-members
A wine which, once in the glass, offers an intense and bright colour, confirming its fullness and tastiness. On the nose the scents of humus and cherries stand out, and on the palate it appears fresh, fruity and satisfying, as befits a fine Barbera.
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White. Vigneti Massa Colli Tortonesi, Italy Timorasso
Bottle: £12.20 club members / £13.70 non-members
If you have still not had the chance to pour yourself a glass of this delicious variety, Walter Massa's Timorasso Derthona offers an excellent opportunity to get to know it. A wine of great charm, yet not always easy to understand. In the glass it releases floral, fruity, mineral and citrus aromas. On the palate it exhibits a very notable balance between warmth and tastiness, and offers long persistence.
Don't be surprised by the complexity which it acquires if you manage to keep it unopened for a few years.
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