NV Barone Pizzini 'ANIMANTE' Extra Brut Franciacorta DOCG, Lombardy, Italy (750ml)

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Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name. It is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta and the first organic Franciacorta grower and producer! The winery is a keen proponent of biodiversity, developing farming models that have kept them at the forefront of mindful land stewardship in the region. At its core, Barone Pizzini puts the land first. Silvano Brescianini, Managing Partner, took over winemaking responsibilities in 1994, aimed at crafting low intervention wines, “defined less by artifice and more by location”.

Situated in some of the best areas for Franciacorta production, the winery’s 47 hectares of vineyards are divided into 25 parcels across four municipalities including Provaglio d’Iseo, Corte Franca, Adro and Passirano. The farming practices adhere to strict organic practices, using only natural elements to control parasites and maintain the soil’s fertility. As the current President of the Franciacorta Consorzio, Brescianini is spearheading the bold move to transform all Franciacorta into organically certified production!

Animante is a blend of 77% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Nero, 3% Pinot Bianco and 3% Erbamat. The grapes were gently pressed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks for six months. The resulting wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was further refined in bottle on natural yeasts for 30 months until disgorgement. A dosage of 3g/L of organic sugar was added. Bottled April 2019.

Shimmering, pale gold. Inviting aromas of citrus flesh and ripe stone fruits and freshly sliced apple. The palate is tart and focused, with expansive flavors of green and yellow apples, salt cured lemon and a pronounced vein of chalky minerality. Vibrant with a persistent perlage, and a delicate floral note on the long, slightly spiced finish.

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