26th January 2015 – weekly press roundup

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

the Observer – David Williams

Marks & Spencer Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 2012 (£8.99)

plenty of bright cherry and raspberry to go with the savoury tannins

Bibbiano Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 2012 (£14.99, Berry Bros & Rudd)

racy-raspy quality presented with deliciously pure oregano-edged red fruit

Isola e Olena Chianti Classico, Italy 2012 (£17.50, Wine Society; Slurp)

gorgeously poised example; sour plum tang and vivacious cherry

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Haig Club Grain Whisky (40% abv, £45 Tesco; Waitrose)

slightly sweet and super-smooth – a bit like Beckham, really

Glenmorangie’s 10-Year-Old (widely available £35; 40% abv)
Auchentoshan American Oak (£32.99, Waitrose; 40% abv)
The Monkey Shoulder (on offer Booths £22.50, £27 Waitrose; 40% abv)

slightly bourbon-like

Lidl Five-Year-Old Glen Orchy Blended Malt (a bargain £13.29; 40% abv)

perfectly decent

The Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

CAMDEN TOWN BREWERY INDIA HELLS LAGER (£2.90, Luvians)

amazingly fruity, hoppy taste; zippy, fresh and beautifully balanced

THORNBRIDGE TZARA KOLN STYLE (£3.59, Great Grog)

light summery feel and a soft finish; very refreshing

TEMPEST LONG WHITE CLOUD EXTRA PALE ALE (£3.50, Great Grog)

pale ale made with Kiwi hops

BAD SEED SAISON (£2.70, The Beerhive)

smells slightly peppery with definite honeyed notes on the palate

TEMPEST FESTIVE FARMHOUSE (£3.40, The Beerhive)

Pale gold, slightly cloudy and with interesting light spicy notes

LUCKIE BEST BITTER (£2.80, Luvians)

reddy golden colour and nutty, with a hint of bitter

OLD HOOKY (£1.99 Tesco; Waitrose; Bookers; Majestic Wine)

delicious – a rich, dark bitter with a beautiful creamy texture

STEWART’S ELYSIUM IMPERIAL STOUT (£6.50 Cornelius Beer and Wine)

dark, very malty, roasted, nutty, treacley, sweet, dense and very alcoholic

WILD BEER YANKEE SANDWICH (£3.20, The Beerhive)

dark stout, this has a rich malty taste, with cocao nibs and oats

SWANNAY’S ORKNEY PORTER (£7, The Beerhive)

liquorice, coffee and burnt malt flavours. Alc 10.5%

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Altano Quinta do Ataide 2012, Portugal (Waitrose, Fenwick, Partridges, £9.99)

well balanced and with notes of cherry fruitcake and cedarwood

Extra Special Marques del Norte Rioja Reserva 2009 Spain (Asda, £5.75)

soft and gently spiced with vanilla and pepper over juicy strawberry fruit

Simply Garnacha 2013 Campo de Borja, Spain (Tesco, £4.79)

cheering, enjoyable, medium-bodied red; smooth blackberry-and-plum flavour

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Wynns Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. £15.99, Waitrose

full fruit flavours; some notes of chocolate and tar

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2012. £12.70, slurp; £13.50, winedirect

Medium-bodied, fragrant, with succulent cherry fruit

Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz-Cabernet 2013. £7.50, thewinesociety

juicy, easy-going, but fulsome red for spicy Middle Eastern dishes

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Simply Chianti 2012 Italy (13%, Tesco, £4.89)

Easy-going, but it also has that slight dust-and-dried-cherries feel

Poggerino Chianti Classico Riserva Bugialla 2010 Italy (15.5%, Lea & Sandeman)

proud, beautifully delineated single-vineyard sangiovese

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2012 Italy (13.5%, The Wine Society £17.50)

all red berries, tinges of sandalwood and charm by the bucket