These two Italian wines are from the portfolio of Germany-based Mack & Schuhle, which focuses on importing affordable wines from Europe and other far-flung places.
Let’s see what 12 bucks can get you!
2019 Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio IGT – Straightforward, floral, and fruity. Notes of mango and guava interplay with a fresh spray of white flowers and a spritz of perfume. The finish feels a bit on the sweet side, with an orange-mango juice note, but otherwise comes across as a solid happy hour offering. B+ / $12
2019 Art of Earth Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC – Made with organic grapes. A harmless and unchallenging wine — but perfectly approachable, particularly at this price point. Note of blackberries and black cherries find a foil courtesy of a grind of black pepper and a hint of charred wood, but otherwise the focus remains squarely on the fruit. Not bad for $2 a glass. B+ / $12