Barone Pizzini - 2014
This wine comes from the Franciacorta wine region of Italy, and it is a Satèn–meaning it’s made in the classic “blanc de blanc” style, with only Pinot Bianco or Chardonnay grapes. This wine is pure Chardonnay, and the Satèn vinification process uses less pressure, which provides a silky mouthfeel and a soft, delicate mousse. The wine is oak-aged in barrique, giving it a dense, mellow flavour that is rounded out by hints of vanilla, spices, and exotic fruits. There is a gentle aroma of lemon to the sparkling wine, and it is a harmony of scents and flavours that make it a crisp, beautiful vintage to enjoy on any occasion.
92 Points – The Wine Gang, ‘Satèn wines have a little lower pressure than regular Franciacorta and are always 100% Chardonnay, 30% fermented in barrel for this biodynamic example. Lovely silkiness and freshness combining, the crispness of this wine has real tang and vivacious cut and thrust, yet silk too. It really is a beautiful wine.’ June 2016 (2010 vintage)
Victoria Moore – The Telegraph, ‘Italy keeps its smartest region for sparkling wine almost a secret. Franciacorta is an hour’s drive from Milan, in the foothills of the Alps. The wines here are made in the same way as champagne, using two of the champagne grapes – chardonnay and pinot noir – and also pinot bianco. The best can be very elegant, but I often find the quality disappointing for the price. So I was delighted to taste this all-chardonnay Barone Pizzini wine, which is delicious – silky and sophisticated with a cool edge‘ December 2016 (2010 vintage)