Castello Banfi, IGT Toscana (Italy) “Belnero” 2010

 ($25, Banfi Imports): Castello Banfi, one of the leading producers Brunello di Montalcino, introduced Belnero a few years ago.  It is composed almost exclusively of Sangiovese, though small amounts of “international varieties” are included in the blend.  It has gotten better and better over the years.  The 2010 may be the best one ever.  Banfi included a tiny amount of Cabernet Franc in the 2010, which to me added an attractive leafy and exotic character.  With successive releases, Belnero has become less fruity and more complex.  What hasn’t changed is its suave texture that makes it immediately appealing and its bargain price for the enjoyment it delivers.
92 Michael Apstein Mar 18, 2014