06 November 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Taste the Difference Saint-Chinian 2015 (£9, Sainsbury’s)
filled with liquorice, blackberries, pepper; wild scrubland herbs
Morrisons The Best Rioja Reserva, Spain 2012 (£6.50)
soft, mellow savouriness and coconut and vanilla seasoning
Miguel Torres Reserva Ancestral Old Vine Cinsault-País-Carignan, Itata, Chile 2014 (£12.50, Marks & Spencer)
interweaves cherry raciness with darker, spicier, more savoury tones

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Morrisons The Best Dry Oloroso (20% abv, £6 per half btl)
Marvellous; tastes of grilled hazelnuts; amazing value
Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado (20% abv, £6 per half btl)
almost worth putting the clocks back for
Aldi’s Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream Liqueur (£6.99; 17% abv)
nutmeg- and ginger-spiced; roughly half the price of Baileys
Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur (17% abv, £12)
good value; may well be on offer by the time you read this.
The Georgian Orgo Rkatsitelli (£20 Oddbins; 13% abv)
part of Oddbins’ new range of natural wines

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

VINA ZORZAL GRACIANO 2014 Antonio Sanz (£7.50 Wine Society)
dense colour, intense black fruits, mulberry scents and plummy fruits
NAVAJAS RIOJA JOVEN GRACIANO 2015 (£9.99 Fine Wine Co; Rude Wines)
perfumed aromas, herbal notes and a savoury edge.
CAMPO ALDEA GRACIANO RIOJA 2012 (£14 Marks & Spencer)
Pure peppery version of Graciano, with vanilla notes
MANZANOS TARGA RIOJA GRACIANO 2016 (£14.99 Virgin Wines)
More robust, fresher and plummier than your usual Rioja
MANZANOS RESERVA ANIVERSARIO 2009 (£40 www.laithwaites.co.uk)
plummy flavours with a very elegant palate and cedary notes
CUNE VINO CONTINO 2012 (£41.50 www.winedirect.co.uk)
Spice and cassis flavours, silky palate and tobacco notes

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Cave de Beblenheim, Pinot Gris Reserve 2015 (£9.99 Waitrosecellar.com)
from a highly reputable producer (drink) with all white fish dishes
Ara Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris, (£10.99 Waitrosecellar.com)
even more assertive packed with flavours of pears and nectarines
Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2015/16 (£10.99 Tanners-wines.co.uk)
zingingly fresh and clean; flavours of lemongrass and lime
Pinot Blanc Von Rheinhessen 2016 (£8.00 Tesco.com)
dry, with fresh flavours of pears, elderflower and stone fruits
Stopham Estate Pinot Blanc 2013 (£14.99 Waitrose; £15.00 M&S)
ideal with almost any white fish or light white-meat dishes

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Paniza Syrah Cariñena 2015 Spain (14%, Tanners, £7.50)
An easy-going, juicy, smooth syrah from the north-east of Spain
Ch Capbern Gasqueton 2012 France (13%, waitrosecellar.com, £19.99)
25% off when you buy 6 until Nov 7; some of the best deals on more expensive wines
Muriel Tempranillo Vendimia Seleccionada Rioja 2015 Spain (13%, Co-op, £8.49)
Gorgeous, strawberries-and-hay-scented young; some oak spice