Friday, March 11, 2011

WINES of the WEEK, 11 March 2011

2009 Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

A sappy, leafy-fresh nose with touches of almond and spice, then an ultra-fresh, medium-weight palate with herby, lemony fruit and a hint of honey and fennel. A perfect wine to wind down with at the end of a working day. 12.5% abv.

£8.99, Waitrose

2008 Sportoletti Assisi Rosso, Umbria, Italy

A juicy, ripe and fleshy blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet, oak-aged for extra richness and spice. Not complex, but deliciously, even dangerously, drinkable. Very good value at under a tenner. 14.5% abv.

£9.95, Lea & Sandeman; £11.35, Bancroft Wines

2008 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, Western Australia

Deep colour with ripe cassis and fresh mint on the nose – very Margaret River. Clean, well-defined palate with the focus on bright fruit, balanced oak and supple tannins. 14% abv.

£10.80, Bancroft Wines