21st March 2016 – weekly press roundup

Use our weekly press roundup to plan your wine shopping

the Observer – David Williams

Kutch MacDougall Ranch Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2014 (£46.75, Roberson)
Lucid, limpid, graceful and pure
Undurraga Cauquenes Viognier Roussanne Marsanne, Chile 2015 (£6.95, Wine Society)
superbly peachy, expressive, balanced bargain
Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne (around £35, Tesco; Waitrose; Majestic)
the definition of its light, racy, delicate, house style
Clos Cibonne Cuvée Tradition Rouge, Provence 2014 (£19.99, Red Squirrel)
evocative flavours of thyme and pepper mingled with cherry and raspberry
Torres Sangre del Toro, Catalonia 2014 (from £5, Tesco, Waitrose, Asda)
juicy but not jammy with plum and cherry, and touches of darker dried fruit
Albert Boxler Riesling, Alsace, France 2012 (from £23.79, Gauntleys; Armit)
sings in the spring: crystalline, nervy and fresh dry white

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Aldi Exquisite Collection Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (£5.29 selected stores)
a passable substitute for sancerre at roughly half the price
Aldi Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay (£41.94 per 6 online)
very decent; does similar replacement duty for white burgundy
Aldi Stellenbosch Cape Red 2015 (£5.99)
really good, ripe; mainly shiraz
Koyle Cerro Basalto Alto Colchagua 2013 (£16.50 Wine Society)
gloriously vibrant; monastrell, garnacha, syrah and cariñena
Koyle Don Cande Itata Muscat 2015 (£7.50, Wine Society)
intensely aromatic; delicious
Mount Bluff Brut (£9.75 if you buy six M&S online)
attractively honeyed, from New Zealand
Lustau East India Solera Sherry (£10.49, Ocado, Waitrose)
a reliable favourite.
Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2015 (£6.99 Majestic),
from Chile, one of the best dessert wine bargains around

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CASAS DEL BOSQUE WINEMAKER’S SELECTION LTD EDITION PINOT NOIR 2012 (£8.49Rude Wines)
Very jammy rich dark cherry aromas, almost meaty savoury palate
SPICE ROUTE GRENACHE 2014 (£9.50 Wine Society; Lockett Bros; Fine Wine Co)
powerful heady Grenache; spicy aromas, soft silky palate, hints of oak
PORTAL AGUIA 2011 (£7.50 Oddbins)
Juicy, very fruity, smooth with velvet soft tannins
SELECCION ESPECIAL NUMERADA 21 RIOJA GRAN RESERVA 2008 (£11.99 Laithwaites)
Mature vanilla aromas, sweet spicy palate with hints of chocolate
NAPA CELLARS PINOT NOIR 2012 (£13.99 Rude Wines)
rich cherry and cranberry fruits, earthy undertones, chunky
RIOJA RESERVA 2008 La Rioja Alta (£12.95 The Wine Society)
vanilla and coconut aromas, plummy fruits and a good tannic structure
HANDCRAFT ARTISAN COLLECTION PINOT NOIR 2013 (£17 Calistoga, Edinburgh)
A delightful plummy New World Pinot with cocoa undertones
RIBERA DEL DUERO ASTER CRIANZA 2010 (£18 Woodwinters)
Unashamedly modern with luscious juicy fruits, hints of vanilla
ATA RANGI CRIMSON PINOT NOIR 2013 (£21.95-£23.95 Valvona & Crolla; Drinkmonger)
A delightful silky textured Pinot Noir
MEERLUST RUBICON 2010 (£18.34 Costco; £22.98-£25 Aitken; Villeneuve; Raeburn)
Traditional-style Bordeaux look-alike with delicious plummy aromas

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Josef Chromy Pure South Tasmanian Chardonnay. buy 3 at £8.80 each, M&S
Sweet honeydew melon flavours kick in before Tasmania’s cool zing
2007 Rioja Reserva, Viña Ardanza, La Rioja Alta. £19.50, Wine Society; Majestic
Bonfire smoke and gamey scents mingle in this classy, mature blend
2010 Crociani Vin Santo di Montepulciano. £19.49, half-bottle, Waitrose
aged five years for rich dried fruits and toffee aromas

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco 2014 Italy (Sainsbury’s, £14.50 per magnum)
ripe pear taste coupled with the seltzer refresh of small bubbles
Taste the Difference Cepa Alegro Rioja Reserva 2010 Spain (Sainsbury’s, £7)
vanilla flavours mingle with wood spice
Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2015 South Africa (Sainsbury’s, £6)
crisp, grassy edges; more mellow, hay-and-melon, fuller feel

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

2013 The Liberator Episode Five, South Africa. £16.50, winetrust100.co.uk
richly textured, leathery, red berry-ish
2014 Paso-Primero Tinto, Somontano, Spain £7.99, tanners
gorgeously juicy blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and tempranillo
2012 La Bastide Blanche Bandol, France £14.79, Telegraph Wine
Proper wine – a tannic, slightly feral, mourvèdre-based blend
2009 The Exquisite Collection Rioja Reserva, Spain £8.99, Aldi (online only)
A very mellow, autumn-leaves-and-melted-strawberries rioja
2014 Finest Côtes Catalanes Grenache, France, £6, Tesco
Super-duper, generous grenache from the south of France
2013 Thymiopoulos Xinomavro, Greece, £10.50, Marks & Spencer
tastes a bit like a soft nebbiolo with wild strawberries
2014 Porcupine Ridge Syrah, South Africa Telegraph Wine £7.99
A throaty, liquorice-y, black-fruited syrah
2007 Château d’Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, £19, wine society
Plump and hovering between fresh and autumnal
2013 André Brunel Grenache, Vaucluse, France, £9.99, virgin wines
tastes like a baby châteauneuf-du-pape.
2014 Hatzidakis Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece, £12.99, Telegraph Wine
intense white tastes of lemon and white-grapefruit rind