09-04-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 09/04/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Baron de ley Graciano Rioja 2009. £8.99 Tesco

Vibrant with a blackcurrant tang, tight knit structure

Vina Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva 2001. £12.99 Sainsbury’s

Earthy, savoury wine; dark, big and bold

Muga Rioja Reserva 2007. £13.50, The Wine Society

intriguing layers of smoke and tangy tasty richness

Contino Rioja Vina del Olivo 2007. £43.20 Slurp

iconic treasure with finesse, spice, oomph and complexity

Ken Forrester Workhorse Chenin Blanc 2011. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

Fragrant as honey and with balance of richness and zip

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Castellore Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010 Italy (13%; £3.39, Aldi)

soft, fruity, easy — where’s that plate of spaghetti amatriciana

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2010 Australia (13%; £11.20, Slurp; winedirect)

smells sharply of dried lime peel, a textured, almost dusty sensation

Mendel Lunta Malbec 2009 Argentina (14%; 2 @ £9.99 Majestic)

this has old-world accents; a wine that feels like it has a story to tell

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Tesco Finest Picpoul de Pinet. £5.79, down from £7.29, Tesco

attractive and fruity; crisp appley flavours and a dry finish

2010 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Central Otago Pinot Noir. £9.99

Berry tones underpinned by a juicy fruitiness; seductive quality

2008 Saint Aubin 1er Cru, Domaine du Pimont. £22, Marks & Spencer

chardonnay richness finished with a nutty aftertaste

the Observer – David Williams

CM Carmenère, Elqui Valley, Chile 2011 (£7.49, Marks & Spencer)

juicy and very spicy red; intense notes of black fruit and liquorice

Raats Family Granite Blocks Cabernet Franc, South Africa 2010 (2 @ £7.99 Majestic)

perfumed cab’ franc nose is set alongside a plump and smoky palate

Zilliken Saarburger Kabinett Riesling, Germany 2011 (£16, The Wine Society)

not at all cloying – elegant, classic and utterly invigorating

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Marks & Spencer Single Estate Chardonnay Cava at £12.99 (12% abv)

smooth, creamy; ideal for an Easter brunch

Jean-Marc Pillot Bourgogne Blanc 2010 (2 @ £13.99 Majestic; 13% abv)

sumptuously rich

Etienne Gonnet Ventoux 2010 (£7.75, Adnams, £6.97 buy the case; 13.5% abv)

immensely swiggable Côtes du Rhône-ish blend of grenache and syrah

Carlo Pellegrino Pantelleria Passito 2010 (£10, Oddbins; 15.25% abv)

gorgeously marmaladey dessert wine

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2009 Côtes du Rhône E Guigal, France, 14%. £9.95, The Wine Society

soft and juicy bramble fruits with a touch of raspberry lightness

2011 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 13.5%. £6.99 until 10 April, Co-op

superbly vibrant sauvignon; softened by a slightly lime and orange finish

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Marks & Spencer White Burgundy 2010, France (£7.99)

rounded, buttery notes and subtle squeeze of citrus

Tesco Finest Fiano 2010, Sicily, Italy (£6.99)

Apple and grapefruit peel and a crisp finish

Cave de Lugny Sparkling Burgundy Blanc de Blancs NV (Waitrose, £11.99)

clean and refreshing fizz, with some toasty, creamy depth of flavour

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