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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Gran Tempranillo, Cariñena, Spain, Sainsbury’s, £3.49

rustic, earthy, spicy tempranillo, made from 20-year-old vines

2007 Old Vines Tempranillo, Spain, Sainsbury’s, £3.79

richer, riper, more velvety, plummy fruit of this softly spicy old-vine tempranillo

2006 Cune Monopole Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco, Spain, Waitrose £5.75

rich, nutty, smoky oak and vanilla flavours

2003 Gran Feudo Reserva, Navarra, Spain, Waitrose, £5.75

elegant, spicy, plummy red, tempranillo- dominant

2007 Mar d’Avall Garnatxa Blanca, Jean-Marc Lafage, Bibendum £8.99

contemporary Spanish white that oozes with fine citrus; faintly celery-scented herby fruit

2006 Mar d’Amunt Carinyena, Jean-Marc Lafage, Bibendum, £8.55

perfumed, polished, savoury, herby spice of this brilliant carignan-dominant red

the Sunday Times - Joanna Simon

2006 Domaine Montlobre La Chapelle, £7.95. Berry Bros

Stylish Vin de Pays d’Oc merlot, with plush, spicy fruit

2006 Bidoli Merlot, Friuli Grave, £8.99. Marks & Spencer

Medium-bodied, subtly oak-aged Italian, with lovely pure fruit

2006 Schroeder Estate Merlot, £9.99 Sunday Times Wine Club

From Argentine Patagonia — dark, rich, plummy, full-bodied

the Independent - Anthony Rose

2007 Saint Mont. M&S, £4.99 until 2 November

enticing fresh aromas and crisp apple-and-pear fruitiness

2005 Bellingham The Maverick Syrah. £9.99, Sainsbury's

smoky aromas and sweet, vanilla oak-tinged blackberry fruit

2006 Maycas del Limari Chardonnay, Concha y Toro. £12.49, Majestic

opulent, peachy fruit tempered by the nutty richness of barrel-fermentation

the Observer - Tim Atkin

2007 Concha y Toro Winemaker's Lot Carmenère, (£8.49, Oddbins)

smoky, powerful

2007 Dashwood Pinot Noir, Marlborough (£11.49, Oddbins)

perfumed, easy-drinking

2007 Domaine de Villargeau, Coteaux du Giennois (£8.99, Oddbins)

minerally, Pouilly-Fumé-like

2007 Château Lions Lamartine, Gaillac (£6.99, Oddbins)

juicy, black-cherryish

1988 Veuve Clicquot (£64.49, Oddbins Fine Wine)

toasty, mature, alluringly complex

the Telegraph - Jonathan Ray

2007 Caves St-Pierre Préférence Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes (£5.99; Sainsbury)

rich, ripe and fruity red made from 40-year-old Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault

2007 La Châsse du Pape Côtes du Rhône Réserve (£5.99; Sainsbury)

complex and tasty white wine from the southern Rhône; rounded and supple

2005 Réserve des Hospitaliers Cairanne (£7.30; Waitrose)

aged for nine months in oak and is full of ripe, juicy black cherry fruit

2007 Paul Jaboulet Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône Rosé (£7.49; Booths)

pale, seductive pink; Lovely ripe fruit but a bone-dry finish

2007 Domaine Maby La Fermade Lirac Blanc (£7.50; Wine Society)

mouth-filling fruit and a herb-scented, attractively bitter finish

2006 La Chapelle Notre Dame d'Aubune Beaumes-de-Venise (£8.99; Nicolas)

textured blend; crammed with ripe brambly fruit and spicy bitter cherries

2005 Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes-Hermitage (£11.99-12.99; Oddb, Harrod, Booths)

deep red with rich, savoury fruit, Les Meysonniers is ideal with roast pork

2006 Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venicel (£13.95; Yapp Bros)

high in both sweetness and alcohol. Utterly delicious served well-chilled

2006 Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape (£17.99 Majestic)

richly textured wine with warm ripe fruit and silky tannins

2006 Condrieu, Les Etelles (£32.00; Marks & Spencer)

Dry, but headily aromatic with peaches and apricots on the palate

the Guardian - Victoria Moore

The Society's Chilean Syrah Elqui Valley 2006. £5.50, Wine Society

As robust and intense as a cup of builder's tea, with a touch of freshly laid Tarmac

Château Les Tours Seguy 2006, Côtes de Bourg, £6.95, Wine Society

lightish-bodied, invigoratingly fresh; thirst-quenching sharpness and translucency

Saarburger Rausch Riesling Kabinet Zilliken 2005, £9.95, Wine Society

medium-dry riesling with breadth as well as finesse; perfume of just-squeezed lime juice

Château Doisy Daene Sec 2007, Bordeaux, £14.50, Wine Society

dry white bordeaux; moves with orchestral grace; young, fresh and lithe


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