Marina Coppi

Marine – Favorita Colli Tortonesi – 2012

Region: italy - piedmont

Marina Coppi

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

Favorita (Vermentino) Planted 1947, 2003 Marl of Sant’Agata argillous/calcarous 0.8 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Area of production: the grapes come from the nearby “Gabetto” vineyard and an old vineyard in the Madonna locality which is in the nearby village of Carezzano.

Harvest Notes
  • Harvesting: to increase the sugar and aromatic concentration, harvesting takes place around ten days after the grape has reached its maximum ripeness when the grapes are slightly over-ripe (late-harvesting).
  • The grapes are hand-picked, in crates, during the cooler early morning hours to favor the preservation of the intensity of their aroma.
  • Vinification techniques: soft pressing of the whole grapes and the cold straining of the must; alcoholic fermentation takes place slowly at an approximate temperature of 59° F. After the completion of fermentation, the wine is transferred and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.
  • Refinement: the wine matures for roughly six months on its own sediment in steel refrigerated tanks and acquires bouquet and body thanks to the manual batonnage process.
  • Bottled in the month of April, it completes its refinement for a further three months.
Winemaker's Notes
  • Colour: intensely straw-coloured.
  • Bouquet: fine and intense with great personality having distinct notes of rennet apples, peach and meadow grass.
  • Palate: full, round and balanced, smooth and persistent.
  • Best served with: risottos, fish-based pasta courses, crustaceans, Montebore-stuffed fried anchovies while it is also excellent with hop-shoot omelettes and goat’s cheese.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Favorita (Vermentino) grapes.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in steel refrigerated tanks and the bottle.
  • Aged for 6 months in the steel tanks and a further 3 months in the bottle.
Technical Information
  • Grapes: uniquely Favorita (Vermentino)
  • Best served at: 54° F

General Info

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) DOC Colli Tortonesi
Proprietors Francesco Bellocchio
Founded 2008
Winemaker Francesco Bellocchio
Annual Production 25,000 bottles
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic, not certified