20-02-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 20/02/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Chateau Gillet Bordeaux 2009. £6.49 M&S

easy drinking wine with pleasing fruit. Excellent value.

Extra Special French Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. £8.97 Asda

inviting fragrance and blackberry-style aromas. Voluptuous wine

The Comeback Kid 2008, Australia. £9.99 Virgin Wine

juicy, intense, dark and full of big, easy fruit

Errazuriz Max Reserva Caberenet Sauvignon 2009. £11.99 Waitrose

Berry and chocolate aromas; long lasting flavours

Macon-Villages Les Côtes Blanches 2010. £7.99, Sainsbury’s

Rich, zingy, complex, long-lasting and a splendid wine

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Brezza Barbera d’Alba Cannubi Muscatel 2009 (Planet of the Grapes, £25)

dark crimson like blood and so light and gauzy in structure

The Olive Branch Grenache 2009 Australia (14.5%; Sainsbury’s, £9.99)

big, comforting, textured pom-pom of a red; dried herbs and red berries

Pizarras de Oteros 2010 Bierzo, Spain (14%; 2 @ £6.99, Majestic)

gentle graininess; savoury edge that makes me think of bitter chocolate

the Independent – Anthony Rose

2009 Codorníu Vintage Rosado Cava. £6.99 on offer, Tesco

refreshing strawberryish pizzazz; a fun weekend party fizz

2007 Barbaresco Umberto Fiore. £11.99, Marks & Spencer

Floral, cherry and plum fruit aromatics, attractively juicy sweet

2010 David Reynaud Crozes Hermitage. £18.99, Noel Young; Carruthers & Kent

classic aromas of violets and pepper, succulently textured blackberry

the Observer – David Williams

Lavradores de Feitoria Blanco 2010 (£8.50, The Wine Society)

a squeeze of citrus and some rich rounded apple fruit

Quinta do Crasto Douro 2009 (2 @ £8.49 Majestic; £8.99, Adnams)

boldly fruit-driven red; a good alternative for Aussie shiraz

Waitrose Douro Valley Reserva Quinta da Rosa 2009 (£10.69)

trademark elegance and floral aromatics; plenty of guts and flesh

Niepoort Drink Me Douro 2009 (£10.95, Uncorked)

explosive red and black fruits, it’s supple, succulent and moreish

Quinta do Noval Cedro do Noval 2007 (£15.50 Wine Society; £18.35 Berry Bros)

Syrah adds a bit of peppery spice and sinew to a meaty, powerful red

Quinta do Vale Meão Douro 2009 (£59.95, Handfords)

aromatic, violet lift, very pure red and black fruit and mineral depths

the Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Bob’s Bitter Orange & Mandarin
Bob’s Bitter Lavender (both thewhiskyexchange.com, £13.49 for 10cl)

the latter tastes like rosemary, both were delicious

Difford’s Margarita Bitters (£8.95 50cl, Gerry’s of London and Leeds)

lavender-spiked; made the world of difference to a lemonade

Kamm & Sons’ Ginseng Spirit (~£19.25 50ml, thewhiskyexchange; Gerry’s)

herbal, citrussy potion that tastes like a more palatable Fernet Branca

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott

2010 Hilltop Estate Gewürztraminer (£7.99, Waitrose)

rounded honey and lychee influences; slightly more subdued than in Alsace

2010 Chapel Hill Pinot Noir (£6.99, Waitrose)

perfumed, nicely textured wine with deep black cherry flavours

2009 Hilltop Estate Premium Red Selection (£7.25, Wine Society)

very structured wine with reasonably firm tannins. ‘food wine

’Sainsbury’s house pinot noir (£4.49)

neatly oaked but spicy cherry fruit

2010 First Cape Discovery Series Merlot (£6.99, Tesco)

very fruit-forward flavours of bramble, plum and cranberry

2008 Edoardo Miroglio Pinot Nero (£12.50, www.swig.co.uk)

terrific, complex, smooth; classy touches of violets and raspberries

2010 Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc (£8.99, Waitrose)

fresh, clean white with green apple, hazelnut and celery flavours

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Maj, Self, N Young, Slurp, £15.99)

Fresh, crisp, young wine; juicy fruit salad of tangerine, melon and lime

Greywacke Pinot Noir 2010 (Liberty Wines, as above, £32.99)

gorgeous cherry and mulberry fruit; balanced, succulent long finish

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2010 (Harvey Nichols, £24.99)

slightly spicy depth and rich texture, lifted by fresher peach and grapefruit

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