08-08-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 08/08/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Sainsbury Taste the Difference Albarino 2010. £6.99

A splendid crisp and zingy white with a subtle aromatic twist

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Grand Reserve Rosé, Majestic 2 @ £9.99

Polish, class and long lasting pure flavours

Lava Greco di Tufo 2010, £12.99 Tesco

Bright citrus spice on the nose; appley crisp sharpness

Triade Fiano/Falanghina/Greco 2010. £8.99 Waitrose

Subtle aromatics and nectarine zing

Tagus Creek Red 2010, £5.69 Tesco

A spicy, hoofing red for a superb price. Powerful and peppery

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Sherry Fino Tío Pepe. Sainbury’s, Majestic and widely available, £9.79

tangy, full-flavoured and bone dry – the ideal aperitif

Chinon Les Granges Domaine Bernard Baudry 2009. www.leandsandeman.co.uk, £12.50

ripe, rasping fruit, from the excellent 2009 vintage

Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2009 Descombes. www.fromvineyardsdirect.com, £7.95

gamay need not be thin, acidic November nouveau

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

La Vicalanda Reserva 2005. £15.99, Wine Rack

big, authoritative, elegant Rioja; well-developed woody, black-fruit flavours

Tres olmos Verdejo Rueda 2010. £7.50, thewinesociety

Sauvignon Blanc-style crispness; notes of bitter almonds and lemons

Cuvée de Richard Rosé 2010. £4.99, majestic.co.uk

Light, clean and refreshing with dry, berry-fruit flavours

the Observer – David Williams

Le Monferrine Barbera, Italy 2010 (£5.98, 3 for £10, Asda)

Full of juicy red and black cherries, with bright acidity

Château Ste Marguerite Grande Réserve Rosé, Provence (2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

elegant, cool and a perky blast of strawberry and raspberry

Gramona Cava Gran Reserva III Lustros, Spain 2004 (£26.95, Berry Bros)

fabulously dense, rich and textured wine; complex flavour profile

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Adega de Monção Vinho Verde 2010 (11.5% abv, £5.95 Wine Society)

crisp, citrussy, terrific value for money

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010 (±£6.50 Wine Society, Waitrose, Majestic 11.5% abv)

slightly softer, a blend of loureiro and pedernã

Soalheiro Alvarinho 2010 (±£13.95 Wine Society, Wine Raks, Highbury; 13% abv)

crisp, citrussy from an estate that follows biodynamic practices

Afros Vinho Verde Vinhao Tinto 2009 (£10.68, Caves de Pyrène; 12.5% abv)

bitter cherry-flavoured (and also biodynamic)

Quinta da Raza Vinhao 2010 (£9.99 Corks of Cotham, £10 butlers-winecellar; 13% abv)

made from grapes that are still foot-trodden; fantastically food-friendly

Scotland on Sunday – Rose Murray-Brown

CRUZ DE PIEDRA MACABEO 2010 (£4.95, www.thewinesociety.com)

lively floral and banana-nuanced aromas and crisp, citric palate

MACABEO/CHARDONNAY 2010 Castano (£7-£8, Henderson; WoodWinters; Luvians; Fine Wine)

lively, refreshing aperitif.

BRANDAL ALBARINO 2010 (£8.95, www.thewinesociety.com)

this unoaked white has a refreshingly salty tang.

GABA DO XIL GODELLO 2010 (£8.95, www.thewinesociety.com; Woodwinters)

lush, fleshy godello grape; close resemblance to creamy chardonnay


elegant mid-weight rose is made from the garnacha grape

SENORIO DE SARRIA ROSADO 2010 (£7.49, WoodWinters)

refreshing, dry, minerally; juicy upfront fruits and good palate structure

GRAN RESERVA 2002 Bodegas Los Llanos (£8.95, www.petergreenwines.com)

cherried fruits and a smooth, soft texture with vanilla American oak notes


Very complex, with wild black cherry fruits, and a silky and herby mouthfeel

MARQUESA DE LA CRUZ GSM 2010 (2 for £10 until 9 Aug, Sainsbury’s)

garnacha, syrah and mazuelo grapes with no oak contact

CLOS LOJEN BOBAL 2009 Bodegas Ponce (£8.50, www.thewinesociety.com)

bright cherry fruits, and a bubblegum nose, this is a very ripe, lively, juicy

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Jo Hilditch British Cassis (Fortnum’s, Tanners, britishcassis, £12.50)

Alcoholic summer pudding in a glass;, rich and intense

Pixley Berries Blackcurrant & Raspberry Cordial (Waitrose, £3.26)

inky purple-red, scented squash that’s great with cold soda water

Tesco Finest Vin de Pays d’Oc Malbec 2010 (2 for £10 until 16 August)

conjures up bags of ripe berries, with a tinge of black cherry

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