14-11-2011 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 14/11/2011

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Torre del Falco Nero di Troia 2007, Italy, £4.99 Waitrose

juicy and intense, packing dark fruity flavour and enticing fragrance

Taste the Difference Rioja Blanco 2010, £8.99 Sainsbury’s

unoaked to retain freshness, it’s well worth giving a whirl

Ramos Reserva 2001, Alentejo, Portugal, 2 @ £6.99 majestic

Fruity, susbtle, excellent wine will appeal to fans of Rioja

Nerelo Mascalese 2009, italy, £5.99 M&S

easy drinking, fruity style that makes it highly gluggable

Marques de Costal, Conca de Barbera, Spain, £9.99, M&S

Savoury flavours thanks to its age and plenty of structure

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault 2010 South Africa (14%, Wine Society, £5.95)

Perfumed, amazingly concentrated for the price; silky flesh

Torre de Falco Nero di Troia 2007 Puglia, Italy (13%, Waitrose, £4.99 on offer)

pliable and smells of ripe brambles; classic Italian twist of Amarena cherry

Ascheri Gavi di Gavi 2010 Italy (12.5%, Sainsbury’s £9.99 until November 16)

smells of citrus and white blossom and carves cleanly through your mouth

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2010 Mauregard, Bordeaux. £5.99, Marks & Spencer

ripe blackcurrant fruit, spicy veneer and zesty freshness

2008 Plantagenet Samson’s Range Shiraz Cabernet, W Australia. £6.99 on offer Waitrose

full of blackberryish sweet fruitiness tinged with spice and dark chocolate

2009 Delas Saint-Joseph, Les Challeys. Sainsbury’s, £14.99

pure, peppery northern Rhône syrah; spicy and vibrant red-berry fruitiness

the Observer – David Williams

Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura, France (£6.99, Aldi)

Citrus fresh and with a touch of toasty richness

SanLeo Prosecco Brut, Italy NV (£7.99, Waitrose)

frothy and fun, but with really harmonious acidity, great appley fruit

Tesco Finest Blanquette de Limoux 1531, France 2008 (£9.99, Tesco)

mouth-tingling acidity and flavours of Cox’s apple

Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato, Australia 2011 (£6.50, slurp; £6.48, excelwines)

crisp, light and fresh fruit salad of pink grapefruit and muscat grapes

Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir Rosado Cava, Spain NV (£14.99, Waitrose)

Like a summer pudding; generously fruit-filled and just the right side of tart

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference English Sparkling Brut 2007 (£19.99)

full of crisp red apples; typically tart love-it-or-hate-it English acidity

Waitrose Brut Special Reserve Vintage Champagne 2004 (£29.99, Waitrose)

rich and complex with a suave and elegant finish.

Louis Roederer Brut Premier, Champagne NV (~£25.95, Wait; Maj; Lea&S; Uncork; WineSoc)

precise acidity with flavours of citrus, toast and patisserie

Jacquesson Cuvée No. 734, Champagne NV (£32.95 winedirect; £34.45 Berry Bros)

clean, dry, teasingly rich and extremely refined.

Cédric Bouchard Val Vilaine Inflorescence Brut Champagne (£36.80 BerryBros; £34.20 vinetrail)

very dry, perfectly balanced, exhilarating and food-friendly wine

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Bourgogne Aligoté Jeunes Vignes 2008 (£9.50, Festival Wines)

stunning purity

Tesco Finest Teroldego 2009 (£7.99, 12.5% abv)

refreshing; beaujolais-like red with a bitter cherry twist

Castillo de Jumilla Monastrell 2009 (£7.49, Laithwaites; 14% abv)

bit of a monster on its own; fantastic with a roast shoulder of lamb

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Silenus Beta White Crete, Greece, 13%. £8.30, Bibendum

smooth, aromatic drink with greengage flavours; textured, herbal finish

2011 Mora Alta Shiraz San Juan, Argentina, 12.5%. £4.99 until 15 Nov Co-op

warm, intense blackcurrant fruit and a long, spicy, vanilla-influenced finish

2010 Parrotfish Chenin Blanc, South Africa, 13.5%. £5.95, Peter Green

reliable, crisp and nicely balanced white with banana and melon fruit

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Champagne Taittinger Brut 2004 (Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Partridges, £48.99)

Ripe, juicy notes of peach and yellow plum with a creamy, toasty long finish

Buisson-Charles Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2009 (Tanners, £32.50)

fresh and crisp but complex with ripe citrus and yellow apples, nuts and butter

Fontanafredda Barolo di Serralunga d’Alba 2007 Italy (Great Western Wine £28)

wafts of red cherry, rosehip syrup, dried citrus peel and clove

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