Franciacorta Brut, Ronco Calino
80% Chardonnay with 20% Pinot Noir. About 20% of the base wine ferments in mostly used oak barrels to add richness. Though the estate could add Pinot Bianco (easier to grow though less interesting qualitatively), they choose to work entirely with Chardonnay and a high percentage of Pinot Noir – using Pinot Noir in a base wine in Franciacorta is almost unheard of as it is reserved for other producer’s top cuvees. Again, legally Ronco could leave the wine on the lees for only 18 months (Champagne is a minimum of 15 months), but the estate chooses to leave their base cuvee for a minimum of 21 months before remuage. 2500 cases produced annually.