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SAINSBURY'S 2017 TOP WINES IN PRICE CATEGORY


SUMMARY
Really good Taste The Difference range - if in doubt plump for one of these. Also really good in the £7 to £9 price bracket across the board and top value fizz. Some prices may be temporary offer prices and are subject to change. A couple of decent No Added Sulphur wines added to range.


KEY
The reds are written up in this colour
The whites in this colour
Pink in this colour
The fizz in this colour


Up to £5
Sainsbury's Portugese Vinho Verde £5.00 /89
Green, fresh, hedgerow, hint of sweetness brings out the perfume

Winemakers' Selection S African Shiraz Cabernet £4.75 rating 90
Juicy ripe black fruit, easy to drink, velvety tannins, miraculous price



£5 to £10
Taste The Difference Bordeaux Rosé £7.00 rating 88
Hint of rose petal on nose, good body, fruity and fresh
Taste the Difference Cotes de Provence Rosé £7.50 rating 89
Lovely loloking light pink, nice bottlle, zippy and fresh, redcurrant and raspberry
Sainsbury's Cotes du Rhone Rosé £6.00 rating 89
£6 very wllspent, greart value rosé, light, easy drinker
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Rosé (SA) £7.00 rating 90
Good light raspberry, hint of redcurrant, fresh and light, solid rosé

Taste the Difference Touraine Sauvignon Blanc (Fra) £6.75 rating 85
Elderflower stalk nose, good fruit on palate, peach and grapefruit
Taste the Difference Albarino (Por) £7.50 rating 80
Ripe elegant wine, white blossom and white stone fruit,hint of minerality
Taste the Difference German Pinot Blanc £7.00 rating 90
Melon and fruit salad nose, good body, fresh fruit palate, lovely refreshing
Comuna Pinot Grigio (Arg) £6.25 rating 89
At last! An interesting pinot grigio, lovely ripe fruit, touch tropical
Taste the Difference Petit Chablis  (Fra) £10.00 rating 91
Chalky peach stone aroma, light fresh and creamy palate, complex
Taste the Difference Godello (Spa) £9.00 rating 89
Fresh and floral, lime pith, white stone fruit
Tresor de Loire Cuvee 845 Chenin Blanc (fra) £7.00 rating 89
Zippy fresh acidity on palate, light nose, subtle, easy drinking
Taste the Difference Languedoc Blanc 2015 (Fra) £6.25 rating 89
Grassy minerality, good mouth - feel, love it, nice acidity
Taste the Difference Verdicchio Classico (ITA) £7.50rating 89
Tropical fruit, melon and peach, full on refreshing acidity, great price
Elegant Frog Viognier (FRA) £6.50 rating 88
Apples and freshly cut grass, soft oaky notes, good value

Taste the Difference Chablis £11.00 rating 89
Apples and flint, zesty acidity,lovely floral finish
Taste the Difference Limoux Chardonnay £9.00 /90
Soft easy drinker, hint of oak, good holding fruit, green apple, lovely
Bellingham The Bernard Series Rousanne (SA) £8.00 rating 91
Good ripe fruit and coconut nose, fresh, full on, body, balanced
Taste the Difference Greco di Tufo 2015 £8.00 rating 90
Lovely ine, full on green fruit, hint of tropical, good body, excellent price

Winemakers' Selection Malbec £5.35 /89
Easy, straightforward wine, good bold fruit palate, easy tannins, bargain

Warwick The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon (SA) £9.00 rating 93
Classy looking, lovely complex nose, spice, pencil lead, black fruit, integrated tannins, lovely wine
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Pinotage (SA) £7.00 rating 90
Hint of burnt rubber, soft sweet fruit, ripe blackcurrant, well made
Taste the Difference Barbera D'Asti
(ita) £8.50 rating 91
Deep intense black fruit nose, soft tannin, fruit compote, winter wine
Taste the Difference Vinedos Barrihuelo Rioja Crianza £6.00 rating 90
Good leathery development on nose, complex fruit, integrated tannins
Winemakers' Selection Chianti DOCG
£5.75 rating 90
Soft ripe black fruit, well judged oak, brilliant price
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Morador Malbec £7.50 rating 89
Lovely intense, inky malbec, full on black fruit, mouthwatering

Taste the Difference Primitivo IGT Salento £7.50 /89
Lovely soft easy fruit, blackberry and balckcurrant, easy integrated tannins
Taste the Difference Barbaresco £11.00 rating 90
Light brick red, black cherry, tar and tobacco, lovely

Taste the Difference Chilean Pinot Noir £7.00 rating 90
Good light new leather, soft redcurrant nice use of oak
Taste the Difference Chilean Merlot £7.00 rating 88
Soft ripe fruit, basic, straightforward well priced easy drinking merlot
Taste the Difference Pic St Loup £8.00 /89
Oak, tobacco and smoke, good light fruit, beautiful
Taste the Difference Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot £7.00 /90
Spice and fruit, menthol nose, very good full body, generous
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot (SA) £7.00 rating 90
Riope cherry and blackcurrant nose, full on body and intense fruit, Bordeaux on steroids
Baron de la Vinas Rioja Reserva £8.50 /91
Developing, complex nose, deep and intense, oak, black cherry, cedar, leather
Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano £10.00 /89
Frothy sherbet, just enough sweetness, light peach, good price
Winemakers' Selection Prosecco £7.00 /89
Good wine, great value, will make a fine Aperol Spritz
Taste the Difference Vintage Cava Brut £9.00 /89
Good fruit and yeast to the fore, lovely body, citrus and biscuit
Sainsbury's Cava Rosado (spa) £5.75 rating 89
Lovely hit of red friut on nose, goof fresh Cava, raspberry, light, bargain
Taste the Difference Sparkling Pinot
Rosé £7.50 rating 90
Extra dry style, good red cherry palate, great value



Over £10
Blason de Bourgogne Chablis la Reserve £11.00 rating 90
Green apple nose, lime pith, dry and austere, long mineral finish
Ascheri Gavi di Gavi £15.50 rating 90
Very good example of Gavi and a great price, depth, perfume, fruit
Taste the Difference Pouilly Fuisse (fra) £17.00 rating 89
Light nose, fresh green fruit, hint of coconut and vanilla, grassy

Chateau Barreyres Haut-Medoc
(Fra) £12.00 rating 91
Good intense Bordeaux nose, black pepper, black fruit, Xmas Day Claret

La Terrasse de la Garde Pessac Leognan 2010 £15.00 /89
Black pepper and sweet bramble, good tannins, tar and earth, may develop
Fontanafredda Barolo £22.00 rating 89
Good solid Barolo, drinking well and opening up, might benefit from another couple of years

Bellingham Bernard Series Syrah £11.50 rating 89
Light black pepper nose, concentrated black fruit palate, tobacco and smoke, long finish
Taste the Difference Crozes Hermitage £11.00 /89
Good ripe fruit, earthy, forest floor savoury, black pepper, soft tannins

Taste the Difference Cremant de Loire (Fra) £11.00 rating 90
Approachable, soft and easy cremant, good fruit and tight yeasty notes
Sainsbury's Blanc de Blancs Champagne (FRA)
£20.00 rating 91
Yeasty autolytic notes, bread, brioche, complex and good body

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Brut NV £18.00 /89 (offer price limited time only)
Toasty pinot noir nose, red apple, really classy wine, well packaged and priced