Wines to Seek Out
Barone Pizzini “Animante” Franciacorta Extra Brut
No other sparkling wine appellation in Europe requires longer lees time for non-vintage wines than Franciacorta, and "Animante" shows why. It is all at once crisp yet rich, subtle yet pronounced.
Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Satèn
Often, my favorite Franciacorta wines come from the Satèn category, whereby the final wine has a lower pressure and silkier texture (thus the name). Barone Pizzini's Franciacorta Satèn is particularly acute: refined and mouth-watering, with distinctive baking spice edges to keep things interesting.
Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Rosé Brut
Perhaps their best wine is the luscious Franciacorta Rosé, where the glacial origins of Franciacorta's soil seem to show up the most, with lingering minerality on its salty-like finish.
The winery also owns Pievalta in Castelli di Jesi, which makes sumptuous Verdicchio wines, as well as Poderi di Ghiaccioforte in Maremma, the latter of which I have not sampled.