We recently revisited our friends at the Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, the best wine bar in Florence, located across the street from the Palazzo Pitti, the Rennaissance palace that is now one of Florence’s largest art galleries. After viewing art, visitors can move across the street for some refreshment at the Enoteca.
We discovered the newly opened Enoteca when preparing our report on The Wines of Chianti Classico a couple of years ago. Owners Edoardo Fioravanti and Manuele Giovanelli are still there, offering up excellent samples of Italian wine, including Brunello di Montalcinos from Biondi Santi, Salvioni, Le Chiuse, Capanna, and others. Mike and I decided to celebrate the end of a successful journey with a bottle of Faccoli Brut Franciacorta, an excellent sparkling wine made by Mario and Claudio Faccoli on the slopes of Mount Orfano in the Franciacorta appellation located in the province of Brescia. Franciacorta sparkling wines are made using Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco grapes and must be made using the methode champenoise. The Faccoli Brut is fresh with a creamy palate and hints of toast and minerals. Reviews of other Franciacorta sparklers can be found in our report on sparkling wines.
We look forward to visiting Edoardo and Manuele again next year when we do our next Italian wine report. Meanwhile, look for our report on Brunello di Montalcino next month.