`Fausto` Timorasso

Piemonte

Vigne Marina Coppi

Vigne Marina Coppi was established in 2003 in the town of Castellania, the...

birthplace of Marina's father Fausto, one of the greatest cyclists of the 20th century. The family has taken the traditional heritage of the area and applied a modern approach in the winery to produce wines of excellent quality. The estate has concentrated on the native varieties of Timorasso, Favorita, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Croatina and works on a small scale with four hectares of vineyard to ensure the quality of the vines shows through. Parents Marina and Giovanni work closely with son Francesco and his wife Anna, using sustainable methods in the vineyard and employing great expertise in the winery.

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Vineyards

The vineyards are situated mid-slope at 400 metres in an ideal micro-climate that is protected from the cold northerly winds. There are marked diurnal temperature differences, as well as distinct seasonal differences, with one of the lowest rainfalls in Piemonte. The grey/light blue soil is called Marl of Sant'Agata and comprises 55% clay, 15% limestone and 30% sandy deposits. This wine is dedicated to Fausto.

Vintage Information

A wet spring led to pressure from fungal diseases, but dry, cool weather in August set the tone for September, which saw sunny and dry days matched with unusually cold nights. An exceptional harvest followed a long ripening period. The wines from 2013 have less concentration and lower alcoholic content than other years, but more fruit, with richer aromas.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-harvested in the early hours of the morning to preserve the fresh aromas of the varietal. Whole bunches were soft pressed then the cold must was racked to stainless steel tanks for fermentation, which took place at 15 degrees. The malolactic fermentation was inhibited in order to retain acidity. The wine matured on the lees for 10 months in temperature-controlled stainless steel with manual battonage. The wine was bottled in July then aged for a further nine months before release.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Fausto is pale yellow with aromas of hawthorn blossom, pear and apple leaf. Its distinct mineral vein is rounded out by a lovely warmth and fresh acidity in equal measure. Well structured, with an attractive, persistent finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Timorasso
Region Piemonte
Winemaker Francesco Bellocchio
Alcohol (ABV) 14%