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Here’s what the Reverse Wine Snob, a leading U.S. wine blogger and one of our favorites, had to say about the 2009 Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Satèn:
… Franciacorta wines have the lowest allowable grape yields of all sparkling wines in Europe. Sparkling wines have been made here since the 1950s, but the region was just granted DOCG status in 1995 (DOCG is the highest level of quality certification in Italy). The wines can be made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a little Pinot Bianco thrown in as well. And while the region is growing, it produces about 1/100 the volume of Champagne.
The 2009 Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Saten begins with a very pleasant, very complex aroma of citrus, apple, spice, a bit of fresh baked bread and a little vanilla. This is one of those wines that gives you something different with every sniff and I love it. The wine tastes a bit creamy and has similar flavors to the nose with good fizz and an absolutely wonderful mouthfeel. A fabulous food wine, it ends dry, crisp and clean.