14-04-2008 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 14/04/2008

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the Times – Jane MacQuitty

2005 Fitou, Réserve Les Capitelles, Somerfield, £3.99 until May 6

brilliant blend delivers oodles of fine, sweet, earthy, herby fruit

2007 Cono Sur Reserva Pinot Noir, Somerfield, £5.49 until May 6

zippy, strawberry-stashed 2007 oozes classy and classic pinot-noir style

2007 Taste the Difference Gavi, Araldica, Sainsbury’s, £6.99

racy, elegant, apricot and lemon-licked pizazz

2006 Taste the Difference Primitivo del Salento, Sai, £4.49 until Apr 29

deliciously ripe, sweet, creamy, blackberry-layered primitivo

2005 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly, Henri Prudhon Tanners £14.50

all ripe, toasty, hazelnut elegance.

2005 Quinta Vale D. Maria, Douro, Tanners, £18.70

dreamy, fat, ripe, red-fruits; shows just what the port-wine region is capable of

the Sunday Times – Joanna Simon

2004 Cahors, Le Petit Clos Triguedina, £7.99 Waitrose

Classic blackberry and graphite flavours with fine tannins

2005 Madiran, Réserve des Tuguets, £9.99/£4.99 (Tesco offer)

Meaty, dry, velvety red; blackberry, herb and wood-smoke flavours

2005 Cahors, Château Gaudou, Tradition, £6.49/£5.19 Majestic

Ripe and supple, with spice, blueberry and liquorice flavours

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2007 Tesco Pinotage, Swartland Winery, £3.69, Tesco

bright, berry fruity red; made for the first rite of spring barbecue

2007 Sancerre Waitrose, Joseph Mellot. Waitrose, £9.99

herby, nettley aromas and intensity of fruit flavour

2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Sénéchaux. £19, Marks & Spencer

typical spiciness and intense plummy fruit quality

the Observer – Tim Atkin

2005 Yering Station Shiraz/Viognier (£9.99, Sains; 2 @ £8.99 each Majestic)

rich apricot-, vanilla- and blackberry-scented

2006 Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier, Canberra District (£33.95, NYoung, Halifax)

elegant, spicy, multilayered

2004 Côte Rôtie Domaine Jamet (£34.90, Bibendum)

intense yet beautifully balanced

2004 Champin Le Seigneur Jean-Michel Gérin (£32.95, Berry Bros)

more opulent, floral, oaky

the Telegraph – Jonathan Ray

2000 Gran Clos, JM Fuentes, Priorat (£28.50; Fortnum & Mason)

fantastically concentrated, packed with leathery rich spice

2005 La Planella, Montsant (£9.95; Laymont & Shaw)

from Cellers Joan d’Anguera; lots of juicy fruit and a soft, savoury finish

2006 Casa de la Ermita, Viognier, Jumilla (£6.69 Whle Fds, Brstl Wn, PotG, Hail)

delicate sweet-edged apricot and peach flavours; dry, spicy finish

2007 Torres Viña Sol, Cataluña (£4.99 Asd, Boo, Co, Mor, Sai, Tes, Thr, Wai)

Crisp and dry, fresh and fruity, with hints of spicy fennel

2007 Tesco Finest* Navarra Rosé, Navarra (£5.99; Tesco)

rose-petal pink, soft, supple and vibrantly fruity, but with a clean, dry finish

2006 Marqués de Alella Clásico, Alella (£8.25; Moreno Wines)

utterly charming. Cold-fermented; crisp and dry, with hints of lemon and lime

Hidalgo Pedro Ximénez Viejo “Triana” Sherry, (£9.99 Majestic)

black and gloopy, full of lusciously sweet raisins, prunes and molasses

2007 Con Class Vendimia Excepcional, Rueda (£5.99; Adnams)

complex aromas of nettles, melons, honey and citrus

2004 Navajas Tinto Crianza, 13% vol, DO Ca Rioja (£6.95; Wine Society)

Soft, smooth and velvety, with creamy ripe fruit and delicate whiffs of vanilla

2003 Roda, Rioja (£23.99 Oddbins)

intense, concentrated, spicy fruit backed by soft, silky-smooth tannins

the Guardian – Victoria Moore

Domaine du Joncier Lirac 2005. £5.99 on offer Waitrose

startling value at the reduced price – textured, intense, aromatic, savoury

Tesco South African Chenin Blanc 2007. £2.85, Tesco;

eminently drinkable for the price – dry, sprightly, and with an appley glow

Tesco Finest Nero d’Avola 2006, Sicily. £3.99 on offer Tesco

doesn’t need (lots of residual sugar): it has verve enough on its own

Mont Tauch Fitou 2006, France. £5.19, Somerfield;

figgy carignan; an open texture and is perfumed and clean

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