09-05-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 09/05/2011

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

Tesco 2009 Finest Block 19 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, £5.99 until May 17

Gorgeous, fat, creamy, cassis and cherry-laden

Tesco Finest Amontillado, 50cl, £5.29

tasty, tangy and relatively dry; oodles of rich, yet lively, nutty fruit

2007 Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, California, Waitrose, £10.39 until May 24

delicious, lively, leafy, bramble and herb-stashed

2009 Primitivo di Manduria, Paololeo, Puglia, Italy, Waitrose, £7.49 until May 24

lush, smoky, damson plum-packed 14.5 per cent alcohol Italian

2008 Moss Wood Pinot Noir, Mornington, Australia, Jeroboams £15.70 for Times readers

glorious, gamey, herby, velvety, cut-price red; spicy, leathery

the Sunday Times – Bob Tyrer

Château Rives-Blanques Blanquette de Limoux (£13.95 greatwesternwine)

Light, fragrant and sunny — ideal for weddings

Pol Roger Brut Réserve (£30-£35 widely available)

Savoury and serious

Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso (£9.99 ocado.com)

Like a fizzy Solero Berry Berry ice cream in a glass

the Independent – Anthony Rose

Domaine Bunan, Bandol 2006. £14.99, M&S

packed with leathery aromas and vanilla and cinnamon flavours

Tiers II Rioja Crianza 2007. £5 until 4 July, Asda

vanilla and chocolate flavours but in a silkily smooth fashion

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010. £4.49 until 31 May, Co-operative

green fruit and bitter-almond flavours; grassy edges

the Observer – David Williams

Palais des Anciens Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2009 (£7.59, Tesco)

full, weighty palate is like just-ripe white peaches

McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 (£9.99, Wine Rack; £10.70 slurp)

alluring freshly sliced green beans, and a hint of toasty maturity

Yalumba Virgilius Viognier 2008 (from £23.50, selected Maj, Harrod, Self, slurp)

apricots and a whisper of honey on the nose; the palate is much sharper

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Les Crouzes Old Vines Cinsault Rosé 2009 (£5.19, Co-op; 12% abv)

ot too high in alcohol and drier than many

Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico (£12.97, Clifton Cellars, sussexwinecompany; 11% abv)

refreshingly citrussy and, at 11%, better suited to summer drinking than champagne

Troublette, Brasserie Caracole (£4.18 for 75ml, Beer-Ritz, Leeds; 5% abv)

hazy style of wheat beer; characterful, complex version

Lovely Drinks Elderflower & Rose (£1.75–£2.50, various shops Bristol and Bath)

smells like a bouquet of red roses. Lovely with afternoon tea

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliot

2009 Les Jamelles Syrah Languedoc, France, 13 per cent. £5.99, Co-op

Ripe and minty damson fruit, touches of cinnamon and balanced tannin

2009 Cano Verdejo Rueda, Spain, 13 per cent. £5 until 22 May, Morrisons

A clean, fresh, slightly waxy white with peach-based fruit

2009 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel California, 14.5 per cent. £11.75, Suburban Pantry

rounded plum and black cherry fruit and hints of chocolate

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Tesco Finest Denbies Estate English White 2010, Surrey (£8.79)

In larger Tesco stores, bursting with juicy peach and tangerine fruit

Camel Valley Darnibole Bacchus 2009, Cornwall (F & M, camelvalley, £14.95)

Whistle-clean, bone-dry bacchus with a white-pepper edge

Ridgeview Bloomsbury Merret 2008, Sussex (Waitrose, £23.99)

fresh, mineral streak and mouthwatering citrus; yeasty, toasty depths

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