Tasting table

29 October, 2010

The Best Sancerre 2009, France?Morrisons (£10.49)Morrisons’ new own-label range is looking for typicity, and this is a good example of a Sancerre – with cool citrus, gentle apricot and nectarine notes and flint on the nose, a good structure with crisp acid, subtle fruit flavours and a steely finish. CB??Saltari Amarone della Valpolicella 2004, ItalySainsbury’s (£22.99)?A deep ruby wine with garnet hints and an almost spirity nose of bread, yeast and sweet spice over rich black fruit combining fresh blackcurrants, blackberries and cherries with dried cherries and raisins. The palate is off-dry with notes of dried figs, prunes, raisins, fresh blackcurrant and black cherries, and a sweet, spicy finish with lasting hints of dried fruit. CB??Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, Italy?Berry Bros & Rudd (£13.50)Rich ripe fruit, spice and a hint of wood on the nose thanks to 10% of the wine spending two years in barrique. The palate is packed with rich, ripe fruit and a hint of spice, with soft, rounded tannins and a lingering fruity, woody, spicy finish. CB?Tim Adams Protégé Riesling 2007, Clare Valley, Australia?Tesco (£9)?A nose of ripe peach, apricot, fresh apple and hints of kerosene and smoke. Palate is dry and fresh with lemon, lime and stone fruit behind crisp acid. CB ?Trimbach Gewürztraminer Vendange Tardive 2002, Alsace, France?Majestic (£14.99 for 37.5cl)Majestic’s latest listing is a beautifully balanced 100% Gewürztraminer that, despite its sweetness, is fresh and clean. A honeyed nose leads on to slightly spicy notes. NC

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All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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