05th November 2018, wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Co-op Irresistible Chilean Carménère, Maipo, Chile 2017 £7, Co-op
winningly vibrant, fresh currant and black cherry-filled
Errazuriz Max Reserva Carménère, Aconcagua, Chile 2014, £10.66, Ocado
red meat and mushroom matching capabilities of the sumptuous Errazuriz
De Martino Alto de Piedras Carménère, Maipo, Chile 2015, £27.95, Berry Bros
striking depth of pure black fruit and tightly wound mineral freshness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Comte de Senneval Champagne. £6.99 the half-bottle, Lidl
Impressively toasty for the price. Great after Christmas shopping
Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc 2016 Les Princes Abbés. £11 some Co-ops
A phenomenal deal on this elegant Alsace white. Up to £20 elsewhere
Château Florie Aude Bordeaux 2014, £7.50 on mix 6 offer Waitrose
Attractive, merlot-dominated Bordeaux at a bargain price. Organic
Sangiovese Girapoggio Bissoni 2015/16. £14.50 Lea & Sandeman
Singingly pure Italian red that would cost way more if it was Tuscan

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

QUINTA DE SOALHEIRO CLASSIC ALVARINHO 2017. £16.50 Wine Society
Lovely pure fragrance with floral notes, limey minerality, crisp
QUINTA DE SOALHEIRO ‘GRANIT’ ALVARINHO 2017. £20.99 Handford
Pure grapefruit flavours and even more minerality; sharply focused
QUINTA DE SOALHEIRO PRIMEIRAS VINHAS ALVARINHO 2017. £25.50 thegoodwineshop
Rich citric flavours, wonderfully rounded more complex palate
QUINTA DO AMEAL CLASSIC LOUREIRO 2017. £13.49 Lockett Bros; Drinkmonger, Edinburgh bottleapostle; robertsandspeight
Exotic fruit nose, fresh vibrant acidity, good depth of flavour
QUINTA DO AMEAL ESCOLHA 2016. £22 raymondreynolds
Petrolly hints like old Riesling, nutty undertones, more citric
QUINTA DO AMEAL PASSITO 2015. contact raymondreynolds
Toffee liquorice nose; fresh apricot fruit; gentle sweetness

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Vina Ardanza La Rioja Alta Reserva 2009 (£19.50 winesociety)
silky, elegant, medium-bodied, structured and complex flavours
Vina Real Gran Reserva 2011 (£22.00; on offer oddbins)
benchmark Rioja, but more complex and intense
Rioja Vega Crianza 2015 (£10.40 tanners; £10.99 houseoftownend)
still youthful, smooth, soft, accessible
Dominio Basconcillos 2016 (£15.50 abelandcole; £16.50 vintageroots)
deep flavours of baked plums, dark cherries and hints of vanilla
Matsu El Viejo Toro 2015 (£31.99 sandhamswine)
Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga Douro Tinto 2015, (£17.19 portugalvineyard)
smooth, rich and spicy
Esporao Reserva Red 2014 (£17.99 waitrose; £18.70 tanners)
intense, silky and full-bodied
Dead End McLaren Vale Tempranillo 2017 (£16.99 ahadleigh-wine)
vibrant, perfumed, medium bodied; brimming over with rich red fruits
The Hedonist Tempranillo 2017, (£16.49 rudewines.co.uk)
minimal oak ageing, more sweet Christmas spices and rich red fruits

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Valpolicella Ripasso 2016, Italy (13.5%, M&S, £10.50)
a layer of baroque richness to the young red wine
Vigna Corvina Pecorino 2017, Italy (12.5%, Booths, £8)
crisp, refreshing wine. Think icicles of lemon sorbet
Root 1 Carmenere 2017, Chile (13%, Morrisons, £8)
red peppers, tea leaves, red berries