15th February 2016 – weekly press roundup

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the Observer – David Williams

Ventoso Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy 2014 (£11.99, Oddbins)
a touch of the rasp and grip that makes it such a fine foil for red meat
Col di Lamo Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany 2012 (£16.50, Stone, Vine & Sun)
luscious black cherry, oregano and suave tannins
Loretto Sangiovese, Emilia Romagna, Italy 2014 (£6.50, Marks & Spencer)
bright and bonny mix of cherry and ripe tomato flavours

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Gonzalez Byass Noe PX (£17.99 General Wine Co, £19 Waitrose; 15.5% abv)
wickedly treacly; a revelation
Morrisons Signature PX (£6.00)
very decent
Mayu Pedro Ximénez Single Vineyard (£8 Sainsbury’s; 13% abv)
from Chile’s Elqui Valley; would be delicious with a veggie curry
Escarpment The Edge Pinot Noir 2014 (£13.49-£14.99 Booths, Oxford Wine, Waitrose)
headily floral, from New Zealand’s Martinborough region
Ferratus Ribera del Duero 2008 (£19.99 Guildford Wine Co, £22.70 Spirited Wines)
gratifyingly smooth, supple

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Le Ferre Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Puglia 2015 (£8.55 Wine Palate)
Rich, pungent, a peppery punch
Fattoria di Morello 2015 Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2015 (£18.99 Moen & Son)
Light, grassy, fragrant
Fontodi Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2015 (£22.95 Valvona & Crolla)
Peppery oil made in the heart of Chianti Classico by an excellent wine producer
EVO Selvapiana 2015 Toscana (£22.95 Valvona & Crolla)
Selvapiana make excellent wines, and their olive oil is sharp too
Capezzana Extra Virgin 2015 (£29.95 Valvona & Croll)
Back in stock after a missed vintage, and hallelujah to that

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE PINOT NOIR EXTRA DRY SPARKLING ROSE £6.75 Sainsbury’s)
A great value quaffer; fresh vibrant taste, crispness, dry palate
L’EXTRA PAR LANGLOIS CREMANT ROSE BRUT (£12.99 Majestic Wine)
Very dry with crunchy red fruit; it comes from an excellent provenance
ROCHE LACOUR ROSE BRUT 2013 (£13.49 Laithwaites)
Juicy vibrant salmon-pink fizz; unusual ‘chalky’, ‘minerally’ notes
JUVE Y CAMPS CAVA ROSE BRUT 2010 (£14.50 Exel Wines; Noble Wines)
a very stylish Pinot Noir-based cuvee; Creamy, intense
JANSZ PREMIUM ROSE BRUT NV (£17 Oddbins)
Yeasty biscuit nose, rich red fruits, creamy nutty, silky, fruit-driven
ITALIA COLLEZIONE SPUMANTE ROSE BRUT NV (£11.99 Waitrose)
Very pale pink, delicate mousse, gentle alcohol and some sweetness
CHANDON ROSE BRUT NV (£19.49 Majestic Wine)
yeasty nose, richness and vibrant with a ripe fruit palate
SAINSBURY’S CHAMPAGNE BRUT ROSE NV (£21.99 Sainsbury’s)
toasty aromas, silky, creamy palate with crisp crunchy summer fruit
LE MESNIL SUBLIME GRAND CRU ROSE NV (£21.55-£34 Berry Bros; uncorked; Woodwinters)
Lovely elegant finesse, racy acidity gentle mousse and lingering length
MARGUET GRAND CRU BRUT ROSE NV (£26.50 The Wine Society)
A touch of oak used gives it depth and richness
BALFOUR BRUT ROSE VINTAGE 2011 (£35.99 Waitrose; www.hushheath.com)
Very pale, clean fresh with good depth of fruit, dry, long finish
WISTON BRUT ROSE VINTAGE 2011 (£35.95 Corney & Barrow; Swig; Noel Young)
Deliciously creamy soft textured fizz with toasty undertones

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Santa Julia Uco Valley Tempranillo. £7.50 until 23 Feb Sainsbury’s
rioja-esque smattering of vanilla oak; a bargain at £7.50
2012 Corte Ibla Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane. £12, Marks & Spencer
A finely perfumed rosso; plum fruitiness shows a touch of gamey complexity
2012 La Massa Toscana, IGT. £18.95, Tanners
Sweet and sour cherry behind a polished cedary veneer

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Masi Brolo Campofiorin Oro 2010. £16.49, agwines; £15.94 thedrinkshop
spicy, rich flavours of dark, raisiny fruits
Soave Pieropan La Rocca 2013. £22.50, wine society; £27, Marks & Spencer
vanilla, nuts, dried apricots, smoke and spice mingle intoxicatingly
Fantinel Proseccol. £11.99, ocado; £11.50, thechampagnecompany
Bone-dry, crisp, refreshing citric; hints of peach and app