23rd March 2015 – weekly press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Edoardo Miroglio Soli Pinot Noir, Nova Zagora 2011 (£9.95, Swig, Wine Soc; Roberson)

succulently red fruited, silky soft, sweetly earthy and graceful

Sant’Ilia Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc/Melnik, Elenovo, Bulgaria 2012 (£8.99, Waitrose)

appealingly fresh, crunchy blend, with its blackcurrant and mint leaf

Cramele Recas Frunza Pinot Noir, Banat, Romania 2013 (£7, Oddbins)

vibrant juicy, rhubarb-and-strawberry lighter red for salmon

Prince Stirbey Tamaioasa Romaneasca Sec 2013 (£9.95, The Wine Society)

dry white; fluent, spring stream freshness; irresistibly airy

Borovitza Bella Rada, Bulgaria 2011 (£13.95, Berry Bros and Rudd)

full of pithy lemon and grapefruit but topped with a subtly honeyed character

Bessa Valley Enira Estate Red, Bulgaria 2009 (£11.99, Ocado)

balances creamy vanilla oak and ripe plum and blackcurrant fruit

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

L Martray Brouilly Combiaty Vieilles Vignes 2013 (£14.95 Lea & Sandeman)

a delicious cru beaujolais that offers more than just juicy fruit

Cataldi Madonna Pecorino Giulia’ 2014 (£14.60 Field & Fawcett)

gloriously fragrant white

Agricola Punica Samas Isola dei Nuraghi 2013 (£12, Hic)

fish-friendly; crisp, white vermentino with a dash of chardonnay

Domaine Saint-Germain’s Blanc de Savoie Coutaz 2013 (£12 Alpine Wines)

piercingly intense white; would go fabulously well with cooked cheese dishes

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Marks & Spencer Frappato 2013 Sicily, Italy (£8)

tastes like the best redcurrant jelly, but less sweet

Winemakers’ Selection Red Burgundy Pinot Noir NV France (Sainsbury’s, £8.75)

Nicely balanced, with a sweet core of juicy strawberry and red cherry

Berlucchi Franciacorta (Majestic £14.99 on offer)

fresh, refined non-vintage release

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG 2013. £21.50, libiamo.it

aromatic, vibrant and intense dark fruits, with lovely clean acidity

Rui Madeira Beyra Mencia 2012. £9.50, thewinesociety

freshness on the palate with moreish, juicy, dark-fruit flavours

Viognier Reserve Speciale 2013, Gerard Bertrand. £7.49 Majestic

Dry, aromatic, with tropical and dried fruits, nuts, honey and spice

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2013 Fleurie, Georges Duboeuf £9.75, Sainsbury’s

Serve this raspberry-scented Fleurie at cellar temperature (12C)

2013 Brouilly, Chsteau des Tours £11.50, thewinesociety

plum and black cherry, and a dusting of spice beneath

2013 Saint-Amour, Domaine des Pierres Trichard £12.95, tanners

Heady with flavours of strawberry and flowers, it has a bite of tannin

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2014 Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough. £7.50 until Tuesday, Sainsbury’s

Freshly-mown grass and elderflower scents draw you into this vintage sauvigno

2013 Frares Priorat. £11, down from £13, marksandspencer.com

full of the fragrant joys of concentrated, ripe blackberry fruit

2011 Sesti Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany. £18-23.50, Secret Cellar, Tanners, AG Wines, Exel Wines, Good Wine Shop

cherry balanced by oak and a deliciously savoury freshness

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott

2013 Domaine Durieu Ventoux, Rhone, France. £8.95 FromVineyardsDirect

raspberry and ripe cherry fruit; nutty cinnamon and vanilla influences

2013 Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay, South Africa. £8.95 Wine Society

Without oak influences, freshness and crispness move centre stage