Barone Pizzini Animante Franciacorta Brut DOCG N/V

Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name. It is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta, and was the first winery in the region to promote biodiversity and natural farming methods. This choice was made in the mid-nineties because it was considered an essential condition to have “live” vines, which give healthy grapes to make high-quality wines that are a complete expression of the terroir.

Animante is sourced from the estate’s 25 vineyards scattered in different locations across Franciacorta. They cover a total surface area of 47 hectares. The average elevation of the vines is 200/300 meters above sea level, with an average age of 20 years. Subsoils are complex in origin. Some are morainic in nature, while others are enriched by glacial river deposits.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Bianco are sourced from all four distinct sites and harvested in August. Grapes are gently pressed, fermented in stainless steel tanks for six months, and further refined in bottle on natural yeasts for 20-30 months until disgorgement and a dosage mixture of 2-3g/l of organic sugar is added.

Tasting Notes

Franciacorta’s layered geological formations boast complex microclimates. Wines are defined by both a sub-Alpine and Mediterranean-type climate due to the proximity of Lake Iseo. Summers are tolerably hot and dry, while winters remain milder, contributing to freshness and complex aromas. Morainic soils are conducive to stone fruit flavors, spice and florality.

Food Pairing

Franciacorta’s moderate to high acidity makes it admirably versatile at the table. Animante Brut offers a zesty texture, a vein of minerality and vibrant acidity that cuts through a creamy risotto or pasta. For a delightful contrast, match to foods rich in umami such as mushrooms, cured meats or shellfish, flavors that will act as a balancing agent to the full stone fruit notes.

Production Info
Vineyard name
25 vineyards located in different area of Franciacorta
Soil composition
Gravel
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
924 feet
Vines/acre
2500
Yield/acre
3.6 tons
Harvest time
August
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
Chardonnay, Pinot Nero, Pinot Bianco
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
59 °F
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
18-30 months
Size of aging container
150 HL
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12 %
pH level
3
Residual sugar
2.1 g/L
Acidity
8 g/L
Dry extract
22.4 g/L

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