Wines in the Press – Autumn 2019

by Eve-Marie Letondel

A selection of our latest mentions in the UK press.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of our 12 bottle mixed case discount – our ‘case price’ is marked in red.


SPEAR’S, Independents’ day, Jonathan Ray 19/11/2019:

2013 MONTETI Tenuta Monteti
2013 MONTETI Tenuta Monteti
£30.95 | £27.75
Review: ‘A Bordeaux-style red from Tuscany that gives many a so-called ‘Super Tuscan’ a run for its money.’



The Times, The best riojas: how to create the perfect Spanish wine, Jane MacQuitty 02/11/2019:

2017 Los Corrillos Blanco Tentenublo
2017 Los Corrillos Blanco Tentenublo
£39.50 | £35.50
Review: ‘Textbook white rioja with elegant, sweet vanilla spice and stylishly integrated oak.’


The Telegraph, Why a fragrant cabernet franc is the grape to seek out this autumn, Victoria Moore 01/11/2019:

Paleo Le Macchiole
2015 PALEO Rosso Le Macchiole
£79.50 | £70.95
Review: ‘Cabernet franc in Bolgheri is really special – as a wine like Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 demonstrates.’


‘Cabernet franc in Bolgheri is really special – as a wine like Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 demonstrates.’

SPEAR’S, Why a good Riesling is hard to beat, Jonathan Ray 25/10/2019:

2017 Pikes Riesling The Merle
2017 Pikes ‘The Merle’ Polish Hill River Estate
Review: ‘A fine example from the Clare Valley. Bone-dry with a clean, mineral core and a succulent finish.’

The Sunday Times, Wine review: the best sherry to buy now, Will Lyons 20/10/2019:

Inocente Valdespino Fino
INOCENTE Fino Valdespino
£8.75 (Half-bottles of 37.5cl) | £7.95
Review: ‘A single-vineyard fino that has become something of a cult classic among the cognoscenti. From one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, its fermentation in oak barrels gives it an extra layer of complexity, with fine nutty aromas. Try chilled with smoked salmon.’



Daily Mail, Our man samples the best of the UK’s indie wine sellers, Olly Smith, 12/10/2019:

2017 ONE BLOCK 'Yellingbo' Yarra Valley Syrah
2017 ONE BLOCK ‘Yellingbo’ Yarra Valley Syrah
£30.95 | £27.95
Review: ‘Intriguing as as black olive wreathed in secret spice. I bought it!’


2015 STEM THEORY Michael Klouda Wines
2015 STEM THEORY Michael Klouda Wines
£24.50 | £21.95
Review: ‘Surprise wine of the day? A US blend from Lea & Sandeman: Stem Theory 2015 (14.5%), £24.50 – so good I just had to buy it.’


Life Spectator, Wines of the week: try a pink crémant from Bordeaux, Jonathan Ray, 11/10/2019:

2018 Artuke Rioja
2018 ARTUKE RIOJA Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
£11.95 | £10.75
Review: ‘This hit the bullseye at the autumn tasting of The Bunch, of which august group of independent merchants L&S is a member. A blend of 95 per cent (red) Tempranillo and 5 per cent (white) Viura, it sees no oak at all and is as fresh and lively a red as you’ll find, far removed from the sweet, mellow Riojas of old and closer indeed to fine cru Beaujolais. It’s joyously quaffable.’


The Times, My favourite big autumnal red wines, Jane Mcquitty, 05/10/2019:

GIGONDAS 2017 Domaine la Bouïssière
2017 GIGONDAS Domaine la Bouïssière
£27.95 | £24.50
Review: ‘Hit the heights with this hefty, deep, dark, fruity gigondas, scented with black olives and thyme.’


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