Review: 2011 Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio and 2010 Banfi Belnero Red Blend

belneroHere are two new affordable, but surprisingly high-quality wines from Banfi. Thoughts follow, as always.

2011 Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana - An exceedingly drinkable Pinot Grigio. Lightly tropical nose. On the body, modest acidity, then lots of fruit. Peaches, some mango, and interesting nougat and biscuit notes on the finish — like shortbread cookies. Solid as both an aperitif and with dinner. A- / $15

2010 Banfi Belnero Toscana IGT – A red blend, clearly made on the cheap, but with surprisingly capable results. Very fruity — fresh plums, not jam — with highlights of vanilla, some tobacco, and a bit of cedar. Nothing complicated, but easily approachable on pizza or spaghetti night. B+ / $20

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