04-06-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 04/06/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Amalaya Malbec Blend 2010. £7.99 Oddbins

Tangy red and black fruit flavours collide in a fragrant whirl of oomph

CM Carmenere 2011. £7.49, M&S

Scent of blackcurrant fruit pastilles along with a hint of spice

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Amarone 2009. £15.89

Sleek, with concentrated bold flavours and a dollop of spice

Domaine of the Bee 2008. £21 Laithwaites

Joyfully intense, rich, fruity, tongue-spanking wine

Bordeaux Blanc 2011. £4.19 Aldi

A simple, snappy, bright white Sauvignon-Semillon blend

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Legio Bierzo 2010 Spain (13.5%, Waitrose, £8.99)

soft, rounded warmth and pinprick tannins; haunting, wild edge

Taste the Difference Grüner Veltliner 2011 Austria (12.5%, Sainsbury’s, £7.99)

smells and tastes of citrus and white pepper

Domaine Saparale Rouge 2010 Vin de Corse Sartène (14%, yapp.co.uk, £13.75)

Savoury fruit, drying autumn leaves, brambles, above all a sense of soul

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2011 Tesco’s Finest Falanghina. £5.99, Tesco

apple and pear fruit yet zestily refreshing and dry on the aftertaste

2010 Catena Malbec, High Mountain Vines. £12.49, Waitrose

blackberry fruitiness and spicy oak, bisected by high-altitude freshness

2009 GD Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo. £19.95-£22.95, Bennetts, Lockett Bros, Roberson

Floral; steeped in ripe red fruits with a north-Italian nip of acidity

the Observer – David Williams

Tesco Simply Malbec (£4.99, Tesco)

ripe, plummy, easy-drinking style

Pamukkale Anfora Trio, Turkey 2010 (£7.49, Marks & Spencer)

exuberant dark black cherry compote; reminded me of Dolcetto

Hatzidakis Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece 2011 (£10.99, Waitrose)

pithy lemon-and-lime and cooling mineral notes

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Sandringham Diamond Ale (568ml, £2.59; 5% abv. M&S)

hugely drinkable fresh, hoppy bitter made by Elgoods of Cambridge

Greenwich Red Ale (750ml, £4.99; 4% abv. M&S)

delicious; rich, reddish-copper and deeply fruity

Chiltern Jubilee Sparkling Ale (£8.50; 6% abv)

full-flavoured, amber style; limited run of 1,000 bottles

St Austell Royal Diamond Jubilee Imperial IPA (£12, brewery)

rich, heavily hopped, full-strength style (9% abv)

Lidl Jeeves (17.5% abv)

an excellent Pimm’s drinkalike at just £5.99 a litre

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2011 Alpha Zeta Garganega (£8, Villeneuve)

uncomplicated white with apple and lemon-based acidity

2011 Alpha Zeta Soave (£7.99, Peckhams)

long, tangy finish but smooth grapefruit flavours that run right through it

2011 Alpha Zeta Valpolicella (£7.99, Valvona & Crolla)

layered complexity that includes powerful bramble and plum fruit

2010 Alpha Zeta Valpolicella Ripasso (£12.49, Quel Vin, Glasgow)

intense, cherry-centred fruit; firm, food-friendly, plum stone finish

2009 Alpha Zeta Amarone (£26.99, Penicuik Wines)

beautifully balanced, with concentrated blueberry and plum fruit

the Telegraph – Hamish Anderson

2011 La Falleras Rosé, Utiel-Requena, Spain. £4.79, M&S

vivid pink hue; characteristic rough edges to the red fruit

2011 Reggiano Rosso, Cantina del Coppiere Emilia-Romagna, Italy. £5.99, M&S

undoubtedly simple but a joy to drink; fresh dark fruits and vibrant acidity

2011 Gewürztraminer, Cono Sur Valle Central, Chile. £7.49, Booths

the grape’s rose petal, ginger and lychee characters while retaining freshness

2010 Coleridge Hill Estate Reserve Three Choirs, England. Waitrose, £7.65

hints at the British summer with aromas of elderflowers and cut grass

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