04-02-2013 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 04/02/2013

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Finest Albarino (Spain) £7.99 Tesco
Lefkes Moschofilero 2011 (Greece) £8.49 M&S
Yali Gewurztraminer 2001 (Chile) 2 @ £6.99 Majestic
Valle Pradinhos Branco 2011 (Portugal) £10.95 Wine Society

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2011 The Wine Selection, Chianti £4.48, Asda

savoury, herbaceous red fruit and earthy undertones

2009 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Capezzana £12.79, agwines.com

polished black cherry fruit, spice and leather

2009 Vigna Nuova, Colombaia £15, aubertandmascoli.com

musk, sour red cherry and delicate spice that is ever-evolving

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2011 Viñalba Malbec, Argentina. £5.79 on offer the Co-operative

delightfully succulent cherry and blackberry-juicy malbec

2011 Waitrose Sancerre La Franchotte, Joseph Mellot. £10.79 on offer

Fresh nettle and herbal aromas; appetising gooseberry-fool opulence

Piper Heidsieck Cuvée Brut NV Champagne. £15.49 on offer Sainsbury’s

delicate aroma of ripe apples; full-flavoured mousse of toasty bubblest

the Observer – David Williams

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, California 2009 (2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

hits that post-snowy walk, by-the-fire spot

Peljesac Plavac Mali, Croatia 2009/10 (~ £10 Vinoteca; Mountain Valley Wines)

blueberry fruit and a plum-skin tang

Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay, Aus 2010 (~£21.95, slurp; nywines; thesecretcellar)

taut, fresh and layered with minerals, orchard fruit and oak

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Longue-dog. £5.49 at Sainsbury’s

(from the Languedoc, of course); typically robust southern French red

Fairview Estate, The Goatfather 2010 (£9.29 Dillies; thedrinkshop.com)

Italianate blend; terrific red, ideal for hearty pasta dishes

P&I Gordon, Swine Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2011 (£7.99, Naked Wines ‘Angels’)

vibrant red; the RRP of £10.99 is a bit toppy for the rest of us

Magnificent Crowing Cockerel Grenache Mourvèdre 2009 (£8.99 Virgin Wines)

named after South African winemaker Adi Badenhorst’s chickens

Gorilla Grillo 2011 (13% abv £6.49 at Booths)

rich, chardonnay-ish white

Gorilla Syrah 2011 (13.5% abv £6.49 at Booths)

appropriately heavyweight

Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Cuatro Pasos 2010 Martin Codax (£10.99, Lockett Bros)

Morello cherry and raspberry notes, vivid fresh with an oak undertone

El Pajaro Rojo 2011 Losada Vinos de Finca (£12.49, winesearcher.com)

beautifully ripe, voluptuous mencia with a fabulous freshness

Petalos 2010 Alvaro Palacios (£13.99 each for 2, Majestic)

refreshing light mencia from slate terraces.

Mencia Ecologico 2010 Abadia da Cova (£12.99, L’Art du Vin; lescaves.co.uk)

vibrant raspberry toned, minerally mencia

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Bright and Fruity Italian Sparkling, northern Italy (£5.99 Waitrose)

appealing party pop, with a subtle pear flavour

Ripe and Juicy Spanish Rosé, north-east Spain (£4.99 Waitrose)

raspberry fruit and a twist of white pepper

Rich and Intense Italian Red, Puglia (£4.99 Waitrose)

notes of chocolate and cherries; fresh, but with a smooth texture

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