Marina Coppi

I GROP – Barbera Superiore Colli Tortonesi – 2014

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

Barbera Planted 2003 Marl of Sant’Agata argillous/calcarous 0.4 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The vineyard’s name, I Grop, in our local dialect refers to those calcareous and fossil-rich boulders which characterise this area of the vineyards that gives us these grapes.

  • Area of production: the grapes come exclusively from our own vineyard called I Grop in Castellania at 400 mt above sea-level.  The pedological characteristics of this Cru vineyard endow this wine with particular notes of elegance and body.
Harvest Notes
  • Harvesting: after awaiting the optimal ripeness of the grapes, these are then hand-picked in 18/20 kg crates.
  • Vinification tecniques: after the pressing and stalk-removing fermentation takes place in steel refrigerated tanks and maceration for roughly twenty days with the repassing of the grapes over their dregs and pressing. After drawing off the wine and its first decanting the wine is transferred into traditional twelve hl barriques where the manolactic fermentation takes place.
  • Refinement: the wine matures in these barriques for eighteen months, followed by a further 6 months refinement, at least, in bottles.
Winemaker's Notes
  • Color: intense ruby-red.
  • Bouquet: fine and intense: the wine has traces of plum, pomegranate, sweet spices and a vanilla aftertaste.
  • Best served: 18° C in capacious crystal goblets.
  • Best served with: red and white meats, mushrooms, stuffed pasta, and the other traditional Piedmontese first courses as well as seasoned cheese.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Barbera grapes.
  • Fermented in stainless steel refrigerated tanks.
  • Aged in 12 hl barriques and the bottle.
  • Aged for 18 months in the barriques and at least 6 months in the bottle.
Technical Information
  • Grapes: 100% Barbera.

Reviews

92 Points

Showing an inky dark appearance as it pours from the bottle, the Vigne Marina Coppi 2014 Colli Tortonesi Barbera Superiore I Grop is a fantastic wine that offers evident primary fruit (with plum and dried blackberries) backed by subtle tertiary aromas of spice, tar and licorice. This Barbera is drinking beautifully right now. This is a medium-bodied red, yet the concentration and the acidity bat above average. The 2014 vintage is a delightful surprise, elegant and tonic all at once. Only 2,700 bottles were released.  2020 – 2025

© Wine Advocate, July, 2020

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