13-02-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 13/02/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

La Mancha Airén DO Bib (Spain). 3 litre box £13.29, Lidl

A simple and fruity white to deploy at a big gathering of thirsty friends.

Pepperwood Old Vine Zinfandel (California). 3 litre box £25.95, inspiredwine.co.uk

A red with some full flavour and forest-like aromas. Ripe and bold

Pepperwood Pinot Noir (Chile). 3 litre box £29.95, inspiredwine.co.uk

medium-bodied red featuring a lighter touch and a tangy finish with some toastiness

Concha y Toro Sunrise Shiraz 2011 (Chile). 3 litre box £20.99, Waitrose

Easy, fruity red with a whiff of spice about it.

Femme de Champagne 2000 Duval Leroy. £75, Harrods

A wealth of bubbles, dazzling purity and superb depth

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Ramos Reserva 2010 Alentejo, Portugal (13.5%, Majestic 2 @ £6.49)

slightly floral, like peonies, but also has some guts and tastes fresh

Asda Extra Special Alsace Gewürztraminer 2010 France. (13.5%, Asda, £7.87)

all gentle sweetness with the dewy smell of an early June morning rose garden

Philippe Zinck Special Cuvée Pinot Blanc 2010 Alsace (12.5%, Swig, £11.50)

like very ripe apricots mixed with the stony taste of apricot kernels

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Baglio Rosso Nero d’Avola. £7.99, Marks & Spencer

bright, spicily aromatic quality,; attractively juicy, dark-berry opulence

2009 Crasto Douro Red, Quinta do Crasto. 2 @ £8.49, Majestic

deliciously exuberant dark-cherry and damson-plum fruit quality

2008 Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico. £16.99, Sainsbury’s

satiny sheen of spice and berry aromas and voluptuously soft-centred black cherry

the Observer – David Williams

Torbreck Marananga Dam Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre, Australia 2008 (£12.99, M&S)

complexity alongside the rich, warming dark fruit

Zenato Villa Flora Lugana, Veneto, Italy 2010 (£8.99, Waitrose)

notes of blossom and wildflowers; star-bright citrus acidity

Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo, Spain 2010 (2 @ £6.99, Majestic)

elegant, refreshing and perfumed with ripe berries

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne (12.5% abv, £14.99, down from £19.99)

award-winning; a thoroughly good buy.

Marks & Spencer’s Oudinot Rosé (12% abv, £15)

down from of £25

Sainsbury’s Brut Rosé (£21.29; 12% abv)

Very pretty

Lanson Brut Rosé (12.5% abv £26.99 at Sainsbury’s)

on offer

Bollinger Rosé (12.5% abv, £39.99 at Waitrose)

down from £49.99

Fortnum & Mason’s Rosé Champagne (12% abv, £32.50)

made by top champagne house Billecart-Salmon.

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2009 Domaine Paul Mas Viognier Languedoc-Roussillon. £8.50, Henderson Wines

rich, perfumed white; fresh, floral peach flavours and a gentle vanilla finish

2011 Pinot Noir dell Venetia Italy. £3.99, Aldi

light and delicate cherry flavours, soft touches of raspberry and nutmeg

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Berberana Rioja Crianza 2007, Spain (Majestic, 2 @ £7.99)

plenty of red-berry fruit and peppery, spicy notes

Taste the Difference Cotes du Rhône Villages 2010 (Sainsbury’s, £6.99)

youthful, smooth, slightly peppery Rhône with a redcurrant heart

Caves de Lugny Les Charmes 2010, Mâcon-Lugny, Burgundy (Waitrose, £7.19 until 21 Feb)

crisp orange and melon flavours and a buttery dab on the finish

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