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week beginning 10/10/2011

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Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Belotta Tierra de Extremadura 2010, £5.99, M&S

will appeal to fans of Rioja with its simple, fruity character

Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc 2010, £7.99, Sainsbury's

Pungent citrus ping and a subtle, smoky twist

Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2010, £8.54 Waitrose

Shrill and bright with a rapier-like blade of acidity

Malbec les Comtes Cahors 2008, £8.99 Tesco

Dark, deep, juicy and structured this is a good value, serious wine

Petalos Bierzo 2008, Descendienties J Palacios. 2 @ £12.79, Majestic

Structure, complexity, harmony, long-lasting dark flavours

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Fortnum & Mason Côtes du Rhône Andre Brunel 2009 France (13.5%, £7.90)

juicy red with hints of tar is great value and one to lay in for winter

Contino Rioja 2005 Spain (14%, M&S, 80 branches only, £22)

immaculate rioja, sleek and arresting

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2010 Chile (13.5%, £8.58, Asda, Sains, Maj; Booths)

sunny, broad, welcoming chardonnay with just an edge of oak

the Independent on Sunday - Terry Kirkby

La Miranda de Secastilla 2008. £10.29, ocado.com; £11.25, amps

aromas of leather and vanilla, intense fruit flavours of blackberries and cherries

Journey's End Haystack Chardonnay 2010. £9.95, tanners; £10.99, sawinesonline

lots of ripe tropical fruit and an overriding freshness on the palate

Alexaume, Domaine des Crès Ricards 2009. £7.99 until end of October, majestic

Almost wild, herby, spicy, peppery flavours of the southern French Garrigue

the Observer - David Williams

.Com Branco, Tiago Cabaço, Portugal 2009 (£7.50, Adnams))

full-flavoured, rich and fruity (citrus and red apples) blend

Tradition Domaine les Filles de Septembre, France (£8.50, Yapp Bros))

tannins are soft, the fruit abundant (fresh blackberries); refreshing

Majestic Prestige Parcels Sauvignon Blanc (2 @ £8.99, Majestic))

Full of elderflower cordial, gooseberry and grassy flavours, it is dry and crisp

the Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Morrisons' Good Sicilian Red (£13.99 3-litre box; 12.5% abv)

Juicy, exuberant from the thoroughly competent Cantine Settesoli

Tesco's Simply Côtes du Rhône (£14.49 3-litre box; 13.5% abv)

gutsy, honest

Fern Bay Sauvignon Blanc (£18.79 3-litre box at Tesco; 12% abv

not from the country's premier growing region, a touch light

Lost Sheep Australian Chardonnay 2010 (£10.99 for 1.5 litre pouch, 13% abv M&S)

fresh, fruity; perfectly good party drinking

Scotland on Sunday - Brian Elliot

2010 Morrisons Best Gavi 2010 Italy, 12%. £5.49 until 23 October, Morrisons

Attractive and fresh, with crisp grapefruit and apple flavours

2010 Les Crouzes Old Vines Carignan, France, 12.5%. £4.39 until Tuesday, Co-op

Intense flavours of vanilla, chocolate and acidity-fuelled blackcurrant fruit

2010 Kontoyianni Savatiano Markopoulo, Greece, 12%. £9.99, Penicuik Wines

Fresh grapefruit underpinned by a whisper of minerality.

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

Doña Dominga Single Vineyard Syrah 2010, Colchagua (Waitrose, £7.49)

Sweet black fruit (cassis and brambles) with a sprinkle of black pepper

Matetic EQ Syrah 2006, San Antonio, (Majestic 2 @ £18 until 31 October)

beguiling syrah, brimming with cassis, blackberry and damson

De Martino Single Vineyard Syrah Alto Los Toros 2008, Elqui (Caves Pyrène; £20.49)

Simply stunning, generous but well-balanced and bursting with blackberries and damsons


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