Francesco Bellocchio took over vineyard land his grandfather, Fausto Coppi, had owned in the Colli Tortonesi region of Piedmont. Personal drive runs in the family. Grandfather Fausto was one of Italy’s most famous cyclists. Francesco is driven to make the very best wines from local varieties at the winery named after Fausto’s daughter and Francesco’s mother, Marina Coppi.
Grapes / Soils
|Timorasso||Planted 2003, 2006||Marl of Sant’Agata argillous/calcarous||1.6 ha|
- The terroir of Castellania is especially suited to Timorasso.
- The vineyards are situated mid-slope at 400 metres (1312 ft) in a sheltered position which is protected from the cold northerly winds and, therefore, benefit from an ideal micro-climate. There are marked diurnal temperature differences, as well as distinct seasonal differences, with one of the lowest rainfalls in Piemonte.
- The soil comprises clay, limestone and sandy deposits and is grey/light blue in color, called Marne di SantAgata (Marl of SantAgata). It is made up of 30% sand, 55% clay and 15% limestone.
- This terroir gives to the wines: minerality, finese, elegance, full body and a very delicate fruit and flower flavor.
- The grapes are harvested after attaining full ripeness, generally at the beginning of October. They are hand-picked in crates in the early morning hours to preserve the diversity of their aroma.
- The characteristics which allow the long life of this wine are the high acidity and low PH.
- FAUSTO can be aged 10 years or longer.
- Marina Coppi’s first vintage of Fausto Timorasso was 2007.
- The grapes were hand-harvested in the early hours of the morning to preserve the fresh aromas of the varietal. Whole bunches were soft pressed then the cold must was removed.
- Harvest time: late September/early October
- First vintage of this wine: 2007
- Number bottles produced of this wine: 6,600
- The 2011 vintage will be remembered as an unsual year, at least for the climate.
- High temperatures in spring brought early bud break. Rain persisted throughout March and April, June and July, when the temperatures were lower than the seasonal average. This did not however, compromise the quality of the grapes harvested. Low temperatures in July and beginning of August preserved acidity in the grapes.
- The vintage has produced fresh and aromatic wines of good complexity.
- Made from Timorasso grapes.
- Fermented in stainless steel tanks at 159°F.
- Aged in refrigerated steel tanks.
- Aged for approximately 8 months.
- Varietal composition: 100% Timorasso
- Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation took place slowly at approximately 59°F and there was no malolactic.
- Aging: The wine matured on the lees for 10 months in temperature-controlled stainless steel with manual battonage.
- The wine was bottled in July then aged for a further nine months before release.
- Alcohol :14.5%
- pH level: 3.25
- Residual sugar (grams/liter): 3.3
- Acidity (grams/liter): 6.4
- Dry extract (grams/liter): 22.8
|Appellation(s)||DOC Colli Tortonesi|
|Annual Production||25,000 bottles|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Organic, not certified|