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week beginning 15/11/2010

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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2008 Taste the Difference Douro Red, Sainsbury’s £7.99

herby, plum and cherry-stashed; a Portuguese snip

2008 Quinta da la Rosa Douro Valley Reserva (£9.99, Waitrose)

majestic, rich, oaky

2008 Ravenswood Lodi County Zinfandel (£8.99, Sainsbury’s

marinated venison is as hefty as game gets [this is] equally robust

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Valle dell’Acate Tane 2004 (£32.49 winelibrary.co.uk)

Rich and many-layered on its own, but knocked witless by my soup

Corte Ibla Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2006 (£10.99 Marks & Spencer)

Liquorice pre-chilli, velvet and strawberries afterwards. Delicious

Nerojbleo Nero d’Avola 2006 (£16.99 Oddbins)

Sweet fruit turning to syrup of figs in the heat

the Independent - Anthony Rose

1999 Lanson Gold Label Champagne, £37.99-£38, Morrisons and Tesco

fine toasty aromatic and lightly honeyed fruit; fresh as a daisy

2009 Domaine de Nalys Les Dix Salmées CNdP Blanc, £17.99, Laithwaites

pear fragrance and baked apple pie and spiced fruit quality

2008 Crozes-Hermitage Yann Chave, Rhône, 2 @ £13.99, Majestic

bursting with an aromatic peppery fragrance; seductively juicy blackberry fruit

2008 Tesco Finest* Gigondas Rhône, £10.99, Tesco

lightly smoky with typical spice and pepper; intense black fruits

the Observer - David Williams

Asda Portuguese Tinto, NV (£3.87, Asda)

lively if simple wine that tastes of fruitcake and spice.

Popolino Rosso, Sicily, Italy 2009 (£4.99, Marks & Spencer)

Juicy and unpretentious, with bright cherry fruit

El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra, Spain 2008 (£6.99, Majestic)

full of character, tastes of fresh raspberries and pepper

Viñalta Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina (£6.99, Marks & Spencer)

Unoaked, it is abundantly fruity, with notes of violets, plums and raspberries

Biferno Rosso Riserva, Camillo de Lellis, Italy 2004 (£7.25, The Wine Society)

has mellowed beautifully into a smooth, late-evening, fireside red

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Douro, Portugal 2008 (£7.99, Sainsbury's)

gutsy but perfumed, with velvet-smooth tannins.

Lea & Sandeman Bordeaux 2007 (£7.95, Lea & Sandeman)

classic blackcurrant fruit, dusty tannins and freshness

Carignan, El Léon Vineyard, Maule Valley, Chile 2006 (£9.99, Marks & Spencer)

dense, powerful example has vibrant blueberry fruit and a savoury edge.

Fleurie Clos de la Roilette, Domaine Coudert, Beaujolais 2009 (£12.16; Domaine Direct)

full of alluring black cherries with thrilling acidity and fine tannins.

Vin de Corse Porto Vecchio Domaine de Torraccia 2007, Corsica, France (£12.25, Yapp)

meeting of Italianate sour red cherries with the spicy garrigue of the Languedoc

Craggy Range Te Muna Pinot Noir, Martinborough New Zealand 2009 (£13.49, Marks & Spencer)

gorgeous red fruits, slick, almost slippery, texture and soft, silky tannins

Crozes-Hermitage, Yann Chave, Rhône, France 2008 (£13.99 until end of Nov, Majestic)

distilled essence of pepper and blackberry with a silky texture

Archaval Ferrer Malbec, Mendoza 2008 (£13.99, Corney & Barrow; £14.95, Wine Direct)

dense and concentrated, but it's also fragrant, violet-scented and graceful.

D'Arrenberg d'Arry's Original Grenache/Shiraz 2007 (£14.49, Oddbins)

a lot of spicy oak here – and, at 14.8%, a lot of alcohol – but not so much to overwhelm

Ladoix Rouge Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils, Burgundy 2007 (£14.99, Majestic)

A really well-made, sumptuous modern Burgundy; glossy, pillow-soft

Quintas dos Roques Reserva, Dão 2003 (£18.50, The Wine Society)

powerful, broad-shouldered wine is full of dark, ripe fruit

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Asda's own-brand 2009 Beaujolais (12% abv). £4.47

terrific value and just what you want with a brie- or saucisson-stuffed baguette

La Reine de L'Arenite's fleurie La Madone 2009 (£9.99, virginwines, allaboutwine)

delicate, just-picked raspberry fruit that makes gamay such an appealing grape

Château de Pizay Morgon 2009 (2 @ £7.49 Majestic)

fuller-bodied. Spot on for duck.

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2009 (£17.99, Bibendum; 13% abv

unfiltered, unsulphured; a wonderful singing purity

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliot

2005 Corte Mayor Rioja Crianza, Spain, £5.99 on offer Scotmid

Smoky wine with depth and coffee flavours.

2009 Finest San Antonio Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, £5.59, Tesco

Creamy structure with zesty peach and orange fruit and a lemon finish

2008 Domaine Treloar Le Ciel Vide, Roussillon, £8.99, Edinburgh Wine Merchants

Warm elderberry flavours and a damson finish

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Quinta da Rigodeira 2005, Bairrada, Portugal (Wine Society, £7.25)

brimming with redcurrant and Victoria plum, somewhat claret-like

Cremant du Luxembourg 2007, Cuvee de L'Ecusson Bernard Massard (Wine Soc, £12.95)

creamy, soft mousse, pineapple-and-lemon tang and yeasty depths

Wirra Wirra Church Block 2008, Mclaren Vale, Australia (Wine Society, £9.95)

sweetly ripe big bruiser with plush cassis and blueberry fruit


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