Country: Italy Region: Piemonte Vintage: 2013
Category: White Wine Color: White
Producer: Vigne Marina Coppi
"Marina Coppi is the daughter of the legendary cyclist Fausto Coppi, the first man ever to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. Though vines have always been planted at Castellania, a small village in southeastern Piemonte, it was only when Marina's son Francesco, along with his wife Anna, took over the property that they began bottling their own wine. They focus on the native varieties of Barbera, Nebbiolo, Croatina, Freisa, Favorita and Timorasso to make wines that are vibrant and well defined.
Their Timorasso, named 'Fausto' after the great man himself, is their flagship wine and one of the very best produced. It is resolutely modern in style, having been fermented solely in stainless steel, yet is concentrated, long and minerally. The Barbera Sant' Andrea' is vibrant and pristine, a paradigm of good Barbera. The 'Castellania' is more intense and chewy than the 'Sant' Andrea'. The delicious Favorita, which is aged in tank on lees for six months to augment texture and complexity, shows clear varietal definition allied to Coppi finesse."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Francesco Bellocchio
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.
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.
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.
Food Suggestion: Try with chicken sautéed in oil with garlic and tomato, garnished with fried eggs and crayfish.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV: 14% Acidity [g/l]: 5.4