2nd February 2015 – weekly press roundup

The Observer – David Williams

Gouguenheim Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina 2013 (£8.40, Tanners; £8.59, Adnams)

beautifully fragrant and genuine bargain cabernet from high-altitude vines

Catena DV Cabernet Franc, Argentina 2012 (£9.99, Tesco)

cabernet franc is beautifully rendered in this silky red

Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes/Viognier/Chardonnay, Argentina 2010 (£9.97, Asda)

a spicy, floral alternative to the rich whites of Alsace

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Chateau Musar 2007 (14% abv; £21.99 Waitrose)

in no way a conventional; should definitely be on your bucket list

Bolfan Primus Orange Pinot Sivi 2012 (£14 Marks & Spencer; 14% abv)

tastes (deliciously, in my view) of hunza apricots and quince

Broc Cellars Vine Starr Zinfandel 2013 (£27.95 at Roberson; 12.5% abv)

headily perfumed; seductively silky texture of a top red burgundy

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2012 Finest Domaine Aubermesnil Fitou, France. £5.99 on offer Tesco

plum, cherry and clove with touches of herbs and pleasingly soft tannins

2013 Domaine Gadais Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie La Grande Cuvee. £8 M&S

customary freshness and green apple flavours shine through

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2013 Taste the Difference Gruner Veltliner £7.50, Sainsbury’s

grassy, green pepper- and peach-tinged; immediate and refreshing

2013 Blaufrankisch, Feiler-Artinger, Burgenland £11.29, Waitrose (6 stores)

upfront, instant hit of fruit before peppery spice and tobacco take over

2013 Beerenauslese ‘Terrassen’, Domane Wachau, Wachau £18.99 (half), Hennings

rich and honeyed with hints of the tropics but it is wonderfully balanced

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Casa Silva Los Lingues Carmenere 2012. £13.95, caviste

smooth and silky; distinctive coffee and plum-fruit flavours

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Fairtrade Carmenere 2012. £8

juicy, vibrant and very moreish. Try with meatballs

Torres Santa Digna Carmenere 2012. £7.75 aitkenwines; £8.99 finewinesdirectuk

Soft and fresh, lots of black fruit flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Domaine de la Mordoree Lirac La Dame Rousse 2011 (14.5%; Lea & Sandeman, £15.95)

this oaked syrah-grenache blend can take its 14.5%; a magical drink

La Grange des Combes St-Chinian-Roquebrun 2012 France (14%; Majestic, £8.65)

smoky crackle you find in roasted green teas

Morrison’s Signature Gruner Veltliner 2013 Austria (12.5%; Morrisons, £6.99)

Think white pepper and grapefruit

The Independent – Anthony Rose

2013 Paul Mas Marsanne. £7.99, The Co-operative

delightfully aromatic; bright, peachy richness etched with a strong apple bite

2013 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse, Domaine Chêne. £13, Marks & Spencer

accomplished and full-flavoured Mâconnais chardonnay

2011 Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella Ripasso. £20, Oddbins

richness and intensity with a balancing freshness