06-11-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 06/11/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Taste the Difference Barrihuelo Rioja Crianza 2007, £8.99, Sainsbury’s

perfect structure and balance for snuggling up to a roast dinner

See Saw Shiraz Mourvedre 2009, Australia, £8.99 Waitrose

Dark and deep with a twist of smoky spice; rich, round red

Clocktower Pinot Noir, 2009, New Zealand, £11.99, Marks & Spencer

Delivers the goods; Perfume, savoury complexity, fine structure

Prosecco La Marca Superior 2010, £14.99, Majestic

A sherbert buzz of tangerine and pear froth; fun, classy

Quinto do Crasto Douro Red 2009. 2 at £8.99, Majestic

Intensely fragrant; a spectrum of intense, spicy dark flavours

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Pasico Old Vine Monastrell Shiraz 2010 Spain (13.5%, Sainsbury’s, £5.99)

superb concentration and just a slight tinge of sweetness

Domaine Paul Blanck Gewürztraminer 2009 Alsace, (13.5%, Waitrose, £10.99 on offer)

This smells of a rose garden at dawn, tastes of ginger and fresh lychees

Cuveé Extreme Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2008 (14.5%, M&S 150 stores, £9.99)

a taste of late summer for a dark winter’s night

the Independent on Sunday – Terry Kirkby

Doña Dominga Petit Verdot Gran Reserva 2009. £12.99, Tesco

succulent, juicy, moreish wine; firm tannins and chewy dark fruit

Domaine l’Aigle Limoux Chardonnay 2009. two at £8.49, Majestic

flavours are nuts and orchard fruits rather than being heavily tropical

Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva 2006. £5.99, Aldi

terrifically priced, eminently drinkable; approachable and full-bodied

the Observer – David Williams

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault, South Africa 2010 (£5.79 rannochscott; £5.95, Wine Society)

exceptionally good value red full of soft fruit and silky tannins

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Priorat, Spain 2008 (£9.99, sainsburys.co.uk)

very powerful; slightly wild red full of dried black fruits and herbs

Domaine Gérard Morin Cuvée Ovide, Sancerre, France 2010 (£18.95, robersonwine.com)

an essential oil of elderflowers and just-mown grass shot through with minerals

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Thierry Puzelat, In Cot We Trust 2009 (£13.20 Les Caves de Pyrène)

crazy but delicious unfiltered, unsulphured, almost smoky red

2010 Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec (£8.45, Grape & Grind 14.5% abv)


Rigal The Original Malbec 2010 (down to £5,Asda; 13% abv)

first vintage a bit clunky; now much better balanced

Viñalba Malbec Syrah 2009 (down to £6 at Asda; 14.5% abv)

savoury, Rhôneish

Viñalba Cabernet Malbec Merlot 2010 (£9.99, larger Sainsbury’s; 14.5% abv)

more elegant, structured; a really delicious wine; aged in French oak

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

Piccini Memoro Vino D’Italia Italy, 14%. £9.49, Tesco

rich and intense yet surprisingly soft; flavours of cherry and mocha

2010 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Chile, 13.5%. £7.99, Majestic

Robust yet smooth gooseberry fruit overlaid with touches of mandarin

2008 Unfiltered Kontoyianni Merlot Greece, 13%. £11.99, Penicuik Wines

Blackcurrant-centred; combines vanilla with just enough tannic grip

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Waitrose Brut Champagne NV, France (£15.99 Wed 9 Nov 2011 – 6 Dec 2011)

fresh but buttery, vanilla-tinged champagne; depth of flavour

Torre del Falco Nero di Troia 2007, Italy (Waitrose, £4.99 Wed 9 Nov – 6 Dec)

smooth, ripe and soft; long notes of raspberry and cassis

Ridgeview Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2007/08, England (artisanandvine, £21.90)

A fine English sparkler; pineapple, yellow plum and a hint of creamy yogurt

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