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.
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.