18 April 2017 – wine press roundup

the Observer – David Williams

Aldi Montepulciano, Abruzzo, Italy 2015 (£3.99, Aldi)
e simple plum-skin tingle
Elena Walch Pinot Nero, Alto-Adige, Italy 2015 (£14.60, Tannico)
wonderfully sappy, racy pinot noir with its redcurrant tang
Santa Christina Vin Santo della Vidichiana, Tuscany 2010 (£12.70, 37.5cl, Waitrose)
sweetly nutty with an autumnal softness

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

DV Catena Malbec 2014 (Sainsbury’s £12)
attractively smooth; from one of Argentina’s most reliable producers
Aldi Estate Malbec 2016 (£6.99; 13.5% abv)
cheaper alternative; from the Languedoc; terrific value
Lidl Rioja Tempranillo Vendimia Casado Morales 2011 (£7.49; 14% abv)
supple, modern style but still surprisingly bright for a 2011 vintage
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2011 (£9.99 Lidl; 13% abv)
relatively pricey for Lidl, but you get a lot of wine for the money
Montecastrillo Finca Torremilanos Tinto 2015 (£8.99, Majestic; 13.5% abv)
good value for an organic wine; unusually lush fruit
Trapiche Estacion 1833 2014 (£12.50 Great Western Wine, winedirect)
really gorgeous cabernet franc; not unlike bordeaux

the Scotsman – Rose Murray-Brown

Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2011 Edoardo Miroglio (£18.50 Swig)
Brioche and biscuit bouquet; rather baked mid-palate; good citric length
Rose Vintage 2011 Edoardo Miroglio (£18.50 Swig)
Floral notes, with biscuit hints, light fruits initially, fuller on palate
Soli Pinot Noir 2014 Edoardo Miroglio (£11.95 Swig)
Approachable elegant partially oaked Pinot with light strawberry notes
Pinot Noir 2014 Edoardo Miroglio (£14.50 Swig)
Voluptuous ripe fruits, hints of sour cherry with smooth soft tannins
Merlot 2012 Edoardo Miroglio (£13.95 Swig)
Luscious blackcherry and plum fruits and smoky oak
Mavrud 2015 Edoardo Miroglio (£14.50 Swig)
Dried prune and blackberry aromas, rich intense spicy palate; smoky oak notes

the Independent – Terry Kirby

Cascina Valentino Roero Arneis, Piedmont, 2015. £8.99 lidl
crisp with floral overtones and a distinct touch of smoke
Etna Rosso DOC 2014 – Planeta. £13.20 tannico
medium bodied, succulent, juicy red from the slopes of Mount Etna
Da Vinci Vin Santo 2008. £21 marksandspencer.co.uk
aged in oak and full of honeyed flavours of dried fruits

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Saumur Les Nivières Cabernet Franc 2015, France (13%, Telegraph Wine from Waitrose, £8.99)
redcurrant leaves, summer pudding fruit, and the earthy scent of a forest floor
Gayda Viognier 2016 Pays d’Oc, France (13%, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, £10.15)
tastes of apricot skins, with a slightly musky scent
Vicentini Vigneto Terre Lunghe 2015 Soave Classico (13%, Philglas & Swiggot, £11.25)
clean, firm sweep through your mouth, with a trace of hawthorn blossom