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|
This wine has a great character and is the perfect illustration of our land. For this reason we have dedicated this wine to my Grandfather Fausto.
Area of production: the grapes come from the Gabetto vineyard and the Montagnina which has been partially re-planted and has an incline of almost 35%. The characteristics of this cru vineyard, which is rich in limestone bring about its elegance, flavor and body.
Harvesting: after awaiting the proper ripeness of the grapes they are then hand-picked in crates in the early morning hours so as to preserve the diversity of their aroma.
Vinification tecniques: soft processing of the whole grapes and then partial cold-straining of the must; alcoholic fermentation takes place slowly at the temperature of 15°C approx. After the
completion of fermentation, the wine is transferred and does not undergo further fermentation.
Refinement: the wine matures for approximately eight months in refrigerated steel tanks where it becomes enriched with bouquet and body thanks to manual “batonnage”. Bottled in the month of July it continues its refinement for a further six months.
- Color: intensely straw yellow and bright.
- Bouquet: pronounced mineral content complex with hints of acacia, white flowers and citrus.
- Palate: brackish, warmth and freshness. Full bodied with a persistent aftertaste.
- Best served: at 12°C in crystal wine glass.
- Best served with: cheese risottos, white truffles, shellfish and fish dishes.
- Made from Timorasso grapes.
- Fermented in stainless steel tanks at 59°F.
- Aged in refrigerated steel tanks.
- Aged for approximately 8 months.
- Grapes: Uniquely Timorasso.
On a totally different level, the 2013 Vigne Marina Coppi Timorasso Colli Tortonesi Fausto is one of the best wines I have tried from this perhaps underrated estate. Even better, it is drinking beautifully now. Certainly, this estate’s Timorassos are no less compelling than those of more famous local producers. The Fausto in this vintage is especially judiciously oaked. A few years in the bottle have allowed the 2013 to mellow and gain in complexity and depth, with bright aromatic herb and ripe citrus fruits showing nicely. Stylistically, the Fausto is much less mineral than other Timorassos.
Fresh and elegantly structured, this opens with aromas of Spanish broom, acacia flower, citrus peel and a whiff of hazelnut. The vibrant, full-bodied palate offers citrus zest, beeswax, almond and a honeyed note alongside bright acidity. A mineral accent gives it a clean, focused finish. Hold for even more complexity. Drink 2018 through 2023.
|Appellation(s)||DOC Colli Tortonesi|
|Annual Production||25,000 bottles|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Organic, not certified|