Barone Pizzini Satèn

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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.

Barone Pizzini’s Satèn is made exclusively of the best Chardonnay grapes from six vineyards: Prada, Roncaglia, Roccolo, Clogna, Carabioli and Ronchi. Soils here are morainic with glacial deposits sitting at 200-280 meters above sea level. Even ripening and high natural acidity are key in this selection of grapes to achieve distinct Satèn style: elegance, freshness of aroma, and finesse of perlage.

After an August harvest, Chardonnay is gently pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and barrels. It is aged for six months in stainless steel tanks and barriques, followed by 30 to 40 months in bottle on the natural yeasts until disgorgement and a dosage mixture of 2-3g/l of organic sugar is added.

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“Fresh, finessed lemon and lime notes, on the nose, are complimented by mineral, toasty notes and sweet white flowers. The palate texture is notably soft and silky with tart peach, subtle sweetness underneath, fresh acidity, and lingering minerality. There is a pleasant mousse texture as the bubbles dissolve on the palate. Lovely.”
— Brunello Bob's World of Wine, Dec 2015
"The 2011 Franciacorta Satèn Brut is a lovely sparkling wine with crisp tones and a fresh, forward style. Crisp fruit tones of peach, citrus and melon pop with bright intensity from the bouquet. Those overtly fruity tones from Chardonnay grapes are followed by heavier aromas of toasted nut and baked bread, although these are contained at the back. In the mouth, this pretty Satèn sparkler presents a creamy style with medium density and thick, slow-moving perlage. This wine ages on the lees for up to 40 months."
— Wine Advocate, Sep 2015
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Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Franciacorta DOCG
Vineyard name
Prada, Roncaglia, Roccolo, Clogna, Carabioli, Ronchi
Vineyard size
118 acres
Soil composition
Moreinic enriched with glacial deposits
Training method
825 feet
3.4 tons
Year vineyard planted:
Harvest time:
Middle of August
First vintage of this wine:
Bottles produced of this wine:
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Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
12 days
Fermentation temperature:
59 °F
Type of aging container:
Type of oak:
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
Age of Aging Container:
Length of bottle aging:
30 to 40 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
8.2 g/L
12 %
Dry extract:
26.5 g/L
Residual sugar:
5.4 g/L