From Monica Larner’s reviews in the September 2015 issue of Wine Advocate:
2011 Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Saten Brut
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 the lees for up to 40 months.
NV Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Brut Animante
Made with organically-farmed fruit, the non-vintage Franciacorta Brut Animante is a plush and textured sparkling wine that peels back slowly to reveal aromas of peach, honeydew melon, pear and Golden Delicious apple. Crisp acidity helps to create a mouthfeel that is light, tonic and graced with a great sense of energy and brightness. The wine presents mild textural richness that suggests immediate or near-term drinking window. The blend is 78% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Nero and 4% Pinot Bianco.