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the Independent - Terry Kirby

Domaine Sainte Anne Notre Dame des Cellettes 2011. £14.85, hhandc.co.uk

reliable, comforting structure and deep flavours

Nero d'Avola Terre Sicilian 2012. £7.75, jascots

vibrant, peppery, silky-with-a-touch-of-bitter-chocolate characteristics

A Fistful of Schist, Coastal 2012. £6.50, thewinesociety

spicily robust blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault

the Observer - David Williams

Tenute Fiorebelli Cabaletta, Veneto, Italy 2011 (£8.99, thewinecompany)

hefty, bittersweet red they make entirely from desiccated grapes

Torre del Falasco Vapolicella Superiore Ripasso 2011 (£8.95, thewinesociety)

happy mid-point between simple cherry freshness (and) brooding, raisiny weight

Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino, Italy 2010 (£15.95, Lea & Sandeman)

supple succulence

Collemattoni Brunello 2008 (£31.95, also at Lea & Sandeman)

gorgeously aromatic; will come into its own in five years' time

Malvira Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy 2010 (£11.99, Waitrose)

graceful, fluent, subtly floral and fresh-cherry juicy

The Guardian - Fiona Beckett

Edoardo Miroglio Brut Zero (£16 Theatre of Wine)

one of the best-value sparkling wines I've drunk in an age

Miroglio 2010 Soli Red (£9.30; Theatre of Wine)

a fresh-tasting, bordeaux-like blend

Zagreus St Dimitar Mavrud 2011 (£7.70; Theatre of Wine)

soft, plummy

Zagreus Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (£8.50 - £10.50 Swig, ToWine, Good Wine Shop)

mature, plummy; harks back to Bulgaria's glory days

Zagreus Vinica 2010 (£14.40 Theatre of Wine)

amarone-style mavrud: pricey, but much cheaper than the real thing

Waitrose Enira Bulgarian Red 2009 (£11.99 at 20 branches and online)

full-bodied bordeaux blend of merlot, petit verdot and cabernet

Tesco Reka Valley Bulgarian Merlot 2012 (£20.94 for six Tesco online)

relatively light

Tesco Simply Merlot (£4.49)

worth a punt, too. But Bulgaria can do much better

The Scotsman - Rose Murray-Brown

MAN O’ WAR DREADNOUGHT SYRAH 2009 (£29, oxfordwine; Philglas; Vineking)

fleshy ripeness, savoury edge; very impressive effort

CRAGGY RANGE SYRAH 2010 (£18, thewinesociety)

Peppers, velvet smooth palate, ripe tannins

TRINITY HILL GIMBLETT GRAVELS SYRAH 2011 (£14.95, greatwesternwine)

ripe, succulent well-made syrah has vibrancy, black pepper and spice

TINPOT HUT SYRAH 2009 (£17.50, oldbridgewine)

elegant berried fruits, cinnamon undertones, toasty notes

VIDAL LEGACY SERIES SYRAH 2009 (£16, thedrinkshop.com)

really attractive with a cool peppery Rhone-like palate

VILLA MARIA CELLAR SELECTION SYRAH 2011 (£16, Oddbins)

good introduction to Kiwi syrah with light liquorice and violet notes

the Telegraph - Hamish Anderson

Henriques & Henriques 3-year-old Full Rich NV, Madeira £10.49, Waitrose

intense flavours of raisin, dark brown sugar and fig

Barbeito Boal Reserva NV, Madeira £13 (500ml), Oddbins

rich toasted nuts and Christmas pudding; zesty acidity

Blandy’s 10-year-old Sercial, Madeira £17.99 (500ml), Morrisons

citrus peel and a mellow, comforting background of old wood furniture

Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith

Old Grand Dad 114 Bourbon. £39.95, amazon.co.uk

Powerful like a fistful of flaming sultanas

FEW Bourbon. £38.95 Masterofmalt

Superb! Pear, marxipan and orange peel; bright, vibrant

Woodford Reserve Bourbon. £31.50 Waitrose

Mellow fruity warmth and bright, clean finish

Maker's Mark Bourbon. £29.50, Sainsbury's

Smooth, bright marzipan character and scrumptuous spice

Darting Duckheimer Kabinett Riesling Trocken 2012. £9.49, M&S

Gorgeous scent - think orange blossom - and very refreshing

the Telegraph - Victoria Moore

Val de Pedron Monastrell 2012 Alicante, Spain (13.5%, £7.99, M&S)

smooth and relaxed, ripe and comfortable; easy-going Spanish red

Zalze Shiraz/mourvedre/viognier 2012 South Africa (13.5%, £5.99 Waitrose)

Bursting with life and intensity, this is a full-flavoured blend

Godello As Caixas 2012 Spain (13%, £7.99 Majestic)

tastes of ripe pears and white blossom; refreshing to boot


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