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the Times - Jane MacQuitty

2007 Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel, California. Majestic £4.99

brilliant, fat, briary, berry fruit and damson-laden bargain

2009 Prestige Parcels Pinot Gris, Marlborough, Majestic, 2 @ £7.99

Delicious, exotic, spicy, peachy Kiwi pinot gris

2007 Extra Special Barbera d’Asti, Araldica, Italy. Asda £5 until March 21

Terrific fat, juicy, inky, plum and chocolate-laden Italian

2009 Bidoli Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli, Italy. Asda £6.85 until March 21

Lively, verdant, herby, green apple-stashed Italian sauvignon

2001 Quinault l’Enclos, St Émilion, Bordeaux, Montrachet, £30

fine, bold, hearty, creosote and sandalwood-scented claret

the Sunday Times - Bob Tyrer

Clos de l’Oratoire 2008, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (£18.99 Sainsbury)

Depth, elegance and promise.

Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva 2001 (£17.02 addisonwines)

Grand old lady of Rioja with another decade of good life in her

Undurraga TH Alto Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 (£11.95 Wine Society)

A fresh and remarkable Chilean with long staying power

the Independent - Terry Kirkby

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico, 2008. £15.30, bbr.com

medium-bodied and elegant; juicy purity of the Sangiovese grape

Yali National Reserva Cabernet Franc, 2009. £8.19, morrisons

masses of red-fruit flavours and touches of chocolate and vanilla

Plaimont, Saint Mont, 2009. £4.99 until 27 February, marks & spencer

steely bright and crisply refreshing; flavours of pears and citrus

the Observer - David Williams

Viña Decana Reserva, Utiel-Requena, Spain 2005 (£4.99, Aldi)

really rather complex; notes of cherry bakewell and toasty oak

Yali Cabernet Franc, Chile 2009 (£5.99 until 21 March, Morrisons)

tannic bite and acidity; red-fruit compote flavours

Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile, France 2004 (£30, Majestic)

flavours are more on the mineral and citrus end of the spectrum

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Hidalgo La Gitana (around £8, widely available; 15% abv)

excellent

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Amontillado (£7.01 for 50cl; 19% abv)

deliciously nutty, made by top producer Lustau

Marks & Spencer's Dry Old Oloroso (£7.49 a half-bottle; 19% abv)

also from Lustau, which is dark as a roasted hazelnut

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliot

2009 Rio del Bio Bio Pinot Noir Bio Bio Valley, Chile. £5 until 22 Feb Tesco

good acidity, light cherry and raspberry fruit

2009 Limari Valley Sauvignon Blanc Limari Valley, Chile. £8.99, M&S

Super, crisp sauvignon with aromatic herbal touches

2009 Mas Carlot Cuvee Tradition Costieres de Nimes. £7.95, From Vineyards Direct

concentrated plum and black cherry fruit, a hint of cloves

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, NZ, Wine Society, £13.50

relatively gentle on the nose, then layered, mineral and very driven

Camins del Priorat Alvaro Palacios 2008 Spain, £15.99, Waitrose 2 branches, online

a sally of soft perfume and a smell that makes me think of confit red berries

Delas Frères Coteaux du Tricastin 2009 France. 2 @ £6.99 Majestic

smells of white pepper, crushed dried herbs and fraises sauvages


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