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Pizzini Franciacorta NV

Barone Pizzini, Animante, DOCG Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy, NV Franciacorta See my notes covering Franciacorta.  In brief, the minimum ageing period before release, for NV, is 25 months after harvest, comprising at least 18 months on the lees, and at least 7 … Continue reading

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Cavalchina Bardolino Chiaretto 2013

Azienda Agricola Cavalchina, DOC Bardolino Chiaretto, Lombardy, Italy, 2013 DOC Bardolino occupies pretty much a flat plain bordering Lake Garda’s eastern shores, with an aspect from southeast through south to southwest.  The soils are calcareous and pebbly, with alluvial content from … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Franciacorta

What A DOCG metodo classico full sparkling wine, from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot blanc, with some varietal chardonnay.   18-60 months lees ageing. NV and vintage. All designed to compete with Champagne, at a better price point. Mainly a … Continue reading

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Ferghettina, Brut, NV

Ferghettina, Franciacorta DOCG, Brut NV, Italy A blend of 95% chardonnay with 5% pinot noir, mushroom cork closure, 12.5% abv., Ann et Vin and more widely available, from £15-20. The area – Franciacorta is the only sparkling wine DOCG to … Continue reading

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