Barone Pizzini Animante

Barone Pizzini Animante Franciacorta Brut DOCG bottle image

Wine Description

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.  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.

Barone Pizzini Vineyard
Barone Pizzini Winery Barrel Room
Barone Pizzini, Winery Team
Barone Pizzini, Tank Room
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Acclaim
“Barone Pizzini’s Franciacorta is exactly as its name ‘Animante’ might suggest – a spritely wine with refined bubbly texture that excites the palate and senses. This traditional-method Italian sparkling is artfully blended from Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco…In the glass, Animante is a pure wine with fresh Asian pear, Pink Lady apple and yellow plum. With 30 months aging on the lees, the wine shows complex, layered notes of linden, raw almond, lemon peel and a discernable steely mineral core.”
— TEXSOM International Wine Awards, Dec 2017
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Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Franciacorta DOCG
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
Bottles produced of this wine:
79.900
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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
Size of aging container:
150 HL
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
Length of bottle aging:
18-30 months
Total SO2
52
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Analytical Data
pH level:
2.94
Acidity:
7.8 g/L
Alcohol:
12 %
Dry extract:
21.6 g/L
Total SO2
52
Residual sugar:
2 g/L