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.
The Vigne Marina Coppi 2015 Colli Tortonesi Barbera Superiore I Grop (with just 4,466 bottles produced) pours from the bottle with a thick and darkly concentrated appearance. The wine’s ample texture and succulent fruit characteristics wrap thickly over the palate, rewarding you with flavors of dark plum, black cherry and dried prune. You taste the grape’s natural acidity, front and center, and that freshness is the real cornerstone of the wine. I would suggest a pairing with fatty dishes rich in butter or cream to contrast that acidity. There are some spicy oak contours, but otherwise this wine offers a beautiful portrait of a super food-friendly Italian grape. 2020 – 2027