Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Animante NV

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Tasting Notes

Complex aromas of apple, citrus, light brioche, apricot, white flower and pear lead to equally complex flavors reminiscent of green apples, crushed rocks, quince paste, melon, citrus, and minerality. This wine is complex and beautiful with a very fine bead.




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 organic 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; the second fermentation occurs in bottle (method champenoise or classic) on natural yeasts for 20-30 months until disgorgement.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Charcuterie, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Fondue, Green Salads, Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Mushrooms, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Shellfish, Sushi, Tapas, Vegetables

Italy , Lombardy
Grape Varietal:
84% Chardonnay, 4% Pinot Blanc, 12% Pinot Noir
$36.00 each