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.
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The age-worthy Timorasso grape is gaining enormous popularity with vintners across Piedmont looking to secure vineyards in the Colli Tortonesi. The Coppi family has been farming here since 2003 and has built a careful library of back vintages to chart the promising evolution of this native grape. – Monica Larner
Non-Mainstream | Age-Worthy | Eco
The Vigne Marina Coppi 2016 Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Fausto (with 6,466 bottles produced) shows those chalky, mineral notes that are so characteristic in young Timorasso. They are impossible to miss and deal a distinct fingerprint to this bottle. Indeed, the fruit tones pale in comparison, although you do get ample citrus and white peach at the back. This is a lean white wine right now, but it has the texture, weight and glycerin to go the long haul. To best appreciate this wine, you need to put it aside in your cellar for another few years. Timorasso has an incredible capacity to evolve and flesh out with bottle age. 2021 – 2028