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the Independent - Anthony Rose

2012 Pasico Old Vine Monastrell Shiraz. £5.99, Sainsbury's

dark berry and plum fruitiness marked by a light pepperiness

2008 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva. £14.99, Morrisons

Garnet and delightfully mature in its sweet, gamey aromas

Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne. £19.99 until 3 December, Waitrose

imbues the creamy mousse of bubbles with mouthfilling flavours

the Observer - David Williams

Apothic Red, California 2011 (£9.99, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's)

grotesque and clumsy caricature; sweet, candy-like, oak-flavour

Tesco Finest Frappato, Sicily, Italy 2012 (£7.99)

all vibrant strawberry

Tresa Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010 (£12, tesco.com/wine)

fragrant and fluent with the sweet-sour taste and acidity of cherries

Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec, Loire, France 2011 (£17.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)

fabulous, tingling, rich, apples-in-honey dry Chenin

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Sainsbury's Winemakers' Selection Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012 (£6.99; 12.5% abv)

subtle hint of citrus and earthy, herby

Greco Sannio 2012 (£9.99, Marks & Spencer; 13.5% abv)

deliciously crisp, from Campania and part of M&S's excellent Italian range

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Marzemino 2012 (12% abv, £6.49)

uniquely light reds that work as well with fish as with meat

Ventoso Morellino di Scansano 2012 (£11, Oddbins; 13.5% abv)

fresh, sangiovese-based Tuscan red that could take you right through a meal

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

Te Tera Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough Vineyards (£14.99, Majestic)

savoury, herby and a decent price for Kiwi pinot

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2010 (£27.50, WoodWinters, Luvians, BBR, Majestic)

succulent, beautifully textured, ripe pinot

Mountford Village Pinot Noir 2008 (£24.99, Waitrose)

ripe cherry fruits with savoury undertones

Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir 2010 (£29.95, www.bbr.com)

Raspberry and herb aroma, spicy undertones, some tannins

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2010 (£29.99, Raeburn, Waitrose)

beautifully formed complex pinots are still my top Otago favourites

the Telegraph - Susy Atkins

GSM 2012 Bodegas Murviedro, Spain (Marks & Spencer, £6.99)

fresh blackcurrant and plum and smoky-savoury nuances

Cotes-du-Rhone Belleruche 2012, Chapoutier, France (Majestic, £7.99)

blackberry fruit, toffee and clove spice

Winemaker’s Selection Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc 2012, France (Sainsbury’s, £6.99)

certain nuttiness, and a smidge of oak, too

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Lidl Cotes du Rhone 2012. £3.79

Immense value; delivers tangy, simple fruit

Majestic Montecastrillo Ribera del Duero 2011. £7.99

Rich, dark red is a thing of beauty

Waitrose Les Nivieres Saumur 2011. £8.49

Fragrant and juicy with firm tannins

Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel 2010. £10.95 Jascots

Scented with Christmas spice and layered with plump flavours

Marks & Spencer CM Carmenere, Elqui 2012. £7.99

Cracked pepper aromas with fists of black fruit

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (13%, Majestic, £6.99 until Dec 2)

gooseberry fool; one of those wines to pick up only when on offer

Organic Chablis Brocard 2011 France (12.5%, M & S 250 stores only, £14.99)

delicious, pillowy, lemon-veined chablis

Pereira d’Oliveira Madeira Verdelho 1973 (20%, Berry Brothers, £95)

more green and lightly toasted hazelnuts than roasted fruit


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