from, #210 Dec 2013
Monica Larner

Franciacorta Brut – pts 90

The non-vintage Franciacorta Brut is a very ripe expression with loads of yellow fruit and apricot that add immediate lift and intensity.
The mouthfeel is broad and thick with loads of deep texture and creamy intensity on the finish.
This elegant Franciacorta Brut (80-20 Chardonnay and Pinot Nero) delivers a soft and expansive interpretation of this premium Italian sparkling wine territory. Drink: 2014-2018.

Franciacorta Brut Nature – pts 91

The 2008 Franciacorta Brut Nature is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Nero.
This is a beautifully shaped and opulent expression that bursts forth with nectarine and fragrant yellow flower. Yeasty touches of baked bread and brioche add intensity and persistency.
The finish is laced with tight mineral dryness and a sharp touch of citric zest. This is a sparkler with loads
of personality. Drink: 2014-2018.

Franciacorta Radijan Brut Rosé – pts 91

The non-vintage Franciacorta Radijan Brut Rosé is a mature and creamy rose sparkler that exhibits an amber-pink color and pretty orange highlights.
The wine carries its aromatic weight with grace: ripe peach, melon and baked bread are framed by chalk and finely chiseled lines. A spot of exotic spice or nutmeg colors the fresh, delicately foaming finale. This bottle was disgorged in April 2013. Drink: 2014-2018.

About the estate

Ronco Calino is another estate that characterizes the dynamic energy of Franciacorta.
Entrepreneur Paolo Radici from nearby Bergamo founded the estate in 1996 and transferred his passion and business acumen to his vines.
Of these wines, the 2007 Franciacorta Brut and the 2008 Franciacorta Brut Nature are not imported.