Leading wine writer Kerin O’Keefe’s scores and tasting notes from the December 2014 issue of Wine Enthusiast:
Barone Pizzini 2008 Bagnadore Riserva Non Dosato
A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Nero and made without dosage, this opens with a delicate but alluring fragrance of white flower, citrus, stone fruit and pastry notes. The smooth, silky palate delivers lemon zest, ripe red apple, candied ginger and a yeasty note of baked bread alongside a soft, persistent mousse.
Barone Pizzini 2010 Rosé
Made with organically grown Pinot Nero, this opens with a fragrance of perfumed red berry and cream-filled pastry. The elegant palate offers creamy strawberry, wild raspberry and spice alongside bright acidity and a soft mousse.
Barone Pizzini 2010 Nature
Expressive aromas of white flower, acacia, citrus and pear float from the glass of this elegant and organic sparkling wine. The lively palate delivers mature yellow apple, lemon zest, bread crust and toasted almond alongside a silky mousse and vibrant acidity.
Barone Pizzini 2009 Nature
Made from organically grown grapes, this impressive sparkler is made with no sugar or liqueur added. It has an expressive fragrance of white flowers and stone fruit, while the palate offers apple, citrus and roasted almond notes along with hints of spice. It’s a perfect apéritif but will also pair beauitfully with shellfish.