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.
I sampled the Vigne Marina Coppi 2016 Colli Tortonesi Favorita Marine a few degrees colder than normal and report success. This is a slender, medium-bodied expression with a slightly oxidized bouquet that focuses on stone fruit, apricot, honey and dried fruits. Pair it with grilled fish or spicy Thai curry. There’s great versatility here, thanks to the generous qualities you get both on the nose and in the mouth. Exactly 3,057 bottles were released. 2020 – 2024