Marina Coppi

I GROP – Barbera Superiore Colli Tortonesi – 2015

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/calcareous 0.4 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vineyard name I GROP in the local dialect refers to the calcareous and fossil-rich boulders characteristic of this area of vineyards
  • Soils: calcareous and argillous
  • Area: Cru vineyard I GROP in Castellania
  • Altitude: 400 meters
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into 20kg crates
  • Whole cluster press
  • Destemmed, fermentation in stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks for 20 days with punchdowns
  • Wine is decanted and transferred into 12 hl barriques, where malolactic fermentation proceeds
  • Aging for 18 months, followed by at least 6 months in bottle
Winemaker's Notes

Intense ruby-red color. The bouquet is fine and intense. The wine has traces of plum, pomegranate, sweet spices and vanilla.

Best served with red and white meats, mushrooms, stuffed pasta, and other Piedmontese fare

Wine Summary

100% Barbera; alcohol: 14.5%; soils: marl of calcareous and argillous (clay); vines planted in 2003; hand harvested; whole cluster pressed; secondary fermentation in 12hl barriques; aged in barrique for 18 months; bottle aged for at least 6 months.

Technical Information
  • 100% Barbera grapes
  • Alcohol: 14.5%


93 Points

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

© Wine Advocate, July, 2020

General Info

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Appellation(s) DOC Colli Tortonesi
Proprietors Francesco Bellocchio
Founded 2003
Winemaker Francesco Bellocchio
Annual Production 2,083 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic, not certified