16-04-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 16/04/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Finest Sonoma County Chardonnay 2009. £8.99 Tesco

Lashings of full flavour and apricot-peach fullness

Ravenswood Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel 2009. £9.89 Sainsbury’s

bold, big and brassy, this is absolutely no wimpy wine

Cline Cellars California Zinfandel 2010. £13.43, The Wine Treasury

rich, cherry-laden vino with bags of spice, intensity and fists of flavours

Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir ‘Isabel’ 2008. £35, Majestic

leafy complexity, a cola twist, silky and creamy

Rincon de Sol Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc 2011. £4.99, Marks & Spencer

Simple, bright, good value white with a subtle tropical twist

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Darting Estate Riesling 2011 Germany. (12.5%, M&S 301 stores, £8.99)

Glittering and light-filled, youthful and bright, freshly fruity

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011, NZ. (13%, £6.29 on offer Tesco)

clean and strong like a tightly trained rowing eight

Toro Loco Tempranillo 2010 Utiel Requena, Spain (12.5%, Aldi, £3.49)

modern, purply coloured, and a bit bouncy in the mouth

the Independent – Anthony Rose

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

attractive apricoty aroma; fresh peachy-fruit quality; touch of honey

2010 Camins del Priorat, Alvaro Palacios. 2 = £13.99, Majestic

delicately smoky; herby undertones; spicy, damson-rich juiciness

2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico. £18.50-£21.95, Cooden Cellars, Philglas & Swiggot

sweet-and-sour cherry fruitiness is polished by oak spice

the Observer – David Williams

Camillo de Lellis Biferno Rosso Riserva 2007 (£7.25, Wine Soc; Gt Wstrn Wine, Butler’s)

mellow, soft-leathery edge to the dark plummy fruit

Okhre Organic Cava, Spain NV (£9.99, marksandspencer.com)

winningly pure and punchily fruity but dry fizz

Neudorf Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris, New Zealand 2010 (£17.99, averys)

delicately spicy, gracefully floral and orange-citrus fresh

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

La Berta Sangiovese di Romagna 2010 (£7.75 Field&Fawcett; £8.50 Butler’s)

A delicious wine I’ve recently discovered; bright, lively red

Poggioargentiera Morellino di Scansano 2010 (Majestic 2 @ £8.99 13.5% abv)

graceful, fresh-tasting red that would drink well with springtime grills

Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2010 (£17.95 Vinoteca, £18.50 Bottle Apostle)

Drink it with almost any Italian fish or vegetable dish

Terra di Sava 10 Nero Salice Salentino 2010 (Oddbins £9.25; 13% abv)

dark, savoury; a handsome southern red

Asda Extra Special Nero d’Avola 2010 (£5 from 19th April, 13.5% abv)

warm, generous

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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