26-11-2012 – weekly press roundup

week beginning 26/11/2012

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Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Barbera d’Alba Cascina Francia, Giacomo Conterno 2008. £36.75 Corney & Barrow

A soicy, silky, intense, rich and complex wine

Valpolicella Ripasso 2010. £8.99 M&S

Rich fruity red with impressive concentration and lively vibrancy

Barolo DOCG Cannubi, E.Pira di Chiara Boschis 2008. £59.95, Berry Bros & Rudd

voluptuous and silky with the power and finesse of a ballerina

Tesco Finest Barolo 2008, £14.99 Tesco

Aromas of truffle and rose; rich flavours

Simply Garnacha. £4.99 Tesco

Simple but effective red wine with cherry-like fruit

the Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Château Moulin Eyquem 2002 Cotes de Bourg, France (12.5%, £6.99 Majestic)

opening up to show some cigar box and crisp russet leaf flavours

Pernand-Vergelesses Les Combottes Blanc 2010 France (13%, £26, M&S 65 stores)

rings as clear as a bell: bright and crunchy, with about 30% new oak

La Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2010 France (14%, £6.99, Majestic)

a bit spicy, with a fine-grained texture and a good bite

the Independent – Terry Kirkby

Taittinger Prelude Grand Crus NV (~£35.99 winerack; champagnedirect; maajestic)

initial citrus tastes develop into something richer and creamier

Coates & Seely Rosé NV (from £27.95, coatesandseely; thewinecompany; winepantry)

flavours of strawberries and raspberries and a stunning crispness

Mount Bluff Brut NV (£10.99, Marks & Spencer)

enlivening, balanced, surprisingly sophisticated

1er Cru Raclot Jean-Marc Boillot Rully (£17.17 goedhuis.com)

precisely made, freshly mineral and full of subtle citrus flavours

Piccini Memoro Bianco (£9.49, Tesco)

surprisingly full-bodied, creamy, smoky and spicy

Lefkes Moschofilero 2011 (£8.49, Marks & Spencer)

dry, fabulously crisp, lemon- and-herb-flavoured white

Valserrano Finca Monteviejo Rioja 2006 (£22, jascots)

fresh and full red and dark-fruit flavours dominate

Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2010 ( £11.90, slurp; £11.95 winedirect)

this stunning wine reveals complex flavours

Domaine les Yeuses ‘Les Epices’ 2010. (£7.49 majestic)

Lovely, perfumed aromas; spices and sun-baked black fruits

Sandeman 20-year-old Tawny (£29.95, leaandsandeman; £36 Waitrose)

perfect accompaniment to the Christmas pudding

Seifried Sweet Agnes Riesling 2010 (from £13.05, farehamwine; laithwaites; waitrosedirect)

pure apricot, mandarin and honey flavours

Mas de Madame Pays D’Oc IGP 2010 (£9.35, jascots)

highly aromatic, packed with rich tastes of almonds, peaches and stone fruits

the Observer – David Williams

Sunny Gruner Veltliner, Austria 2011 (£10.99, Morrisons)

excellent, pristine, green-apple-flavoured Austrian white

Extra Special Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (£6.98, Asda)

distinctive sour cherry and dried herbs of sangiovese

Grant Burge Benchmark Shiraz 2011 (from £7.90, formulawine; slurp; winesociety)

a plump, plummy, winter-warmer

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett

Quinta de Cavadinha 1998 Colheita (£30, selected M&S)

fabulously smooth, velvety

Noval Black (from £14.99 Frazier’s; Cheers; Ocado; Fine Cheese Co; Adnams)

tastes (deliciously) of macerated cherries; immensely stylish

Niepoort The Senior Tawny (from £15.99 Butlers; Clifton; Bottle Apostle)

good partner for Christmas cake; warming, spicy

Maynards 10-Year-Old Tawny, £9.99 Aldi

a real bargain; really delicious- arriving in store Thursday

The Scotsman – Rose Murray Brown

TERRACES GRUNER VELTLINER 2011 Domaine Wachau (£9.29, Waitrose)

light, spicy and characterful; would be delicious as an aperitif

BURGANS ALBARINO 2011 Martin Codax (£10, Oddbins)

aromatic peach/melon notes, zippy acidity; rich textured mouthfeel

CATALAN EAGLE WHITE 2011 (£9.50, WoodWinters)

intriguing aromatic dry white from vineyards near Tarragona

SEVILEN SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 (£9.99, Marks & Spencer)

zesty, fresh, steely sauvignon blanc; creamy roundness to the palate

LA LEGUA ROBLE 2009 (£8.75, Berry Bros & Rudd, www.bbr.com)

light raspberry notes, it is medium bodied with smooth tannins

PORTAL DA AGUIA 2009 Quinta da Aloma (£8, Oddbins)

This is a fantastic value, modern, fruity glugger

PORTILLO MALBEC 2011 Bodegas Salentein (2 @ £6.99 each Majestic)

blueberry fruit aromas, sour cherry flavours and lots of spice

WILLUNGA 100 TEMPRANILLO 2010 (£9.99, Mostly Wine; Fine Wine Co; Peckhams; Drinkmonger; Longship; Ellies Cellar; House of Menzies; The Cave)

Imagine a very, very ripe upfront fruit rioja

ZENATO VILLA FLORA 2011 (£8.99, Waitrose)

floral aromas and a creamier richness to the palate

ANAKENA SINGLE VINEYARD DEU PINOT NOIR 2011 (2 @ £7.99 each Majestic)

elegant, polished and very approachable

the Telegraph – Susy Atkins

Sainsbury’s Vinho Verde NV, Portugal (£3.98)

A vivacious, if simple, white, slightly spritzy; lip-smacking melon and kiwi

Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett 2011, Germany (Majestic, 2 @ £8.99)

medium-sweet riesling, refined with delectable green apple and orange zest

Tesco Finest Denman Semillon 2011, South Eastern Australia (£9.99)

Young Aussie semillon with light vanilla custard over lemon and lime fruit

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