Barone Pizzini Bagnadore Franciacorta Riserva DOCG 2012

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.

Bagnadore references the small river close to the cellar. Chardonnay and Pinot Nero are sourced from Roccolo. This three hectare, single-vineyard was planted in 1992 on morainic soils and glacial deposits at 260 meters above sea level. The average age of the vines is 23 years. The vineyard is surrounded by woods that moderate day and night temperatures, giving the site rich biodiversity.

After an August harvest, the Chardonnay and Pinot Nero are gently pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless and barrels. It is aged for six months in stainless steel tanks and barriques, followed by 60-70 months in bottle on the natural yeasts until disgorgement. Bagnadore is dosage zéro.

Tasting Notes

Bottle age brings out the singular expression of the Bagnadore. Production is small and only made in top vintages. The unique microclimate and age of the vines lends complexity and longevity. Dosage zéro is often a chosen style with grapes of high quality. Even ripening also contributes to this decision, as it preserves acid structure, delineated aromas and florality.

Food Pairing

As an aged cuvée hailing from a single vineyard, Bagnadore excels at a table of delicately flavored foods based on vegetables, herbs or fish. This pairing allows the wine not to be overpowered. Additionally, it enhances the briny persistence of oysters. Ceviche or crudo of a fatty fish can be cut by the dry, high acidity. Savory complexity would stand up to the richness of foie gras.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Roccolo
Vineyard size
118 acres
Soil composition
Moreinic enriched with glacial deposits
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
825 feet
Vines/acre
2000
Yield/acre
3.4 tons
Exposure
Various
Year vineyard planted
1992
Harvest time
Middle of August
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Type of aging container
Barrels and Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
60 months
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12 %

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