The current Tesco promotion (that runs until 3 May) has a number of useful discounts. You will not go far wrong, for example, with Torres Vina Sol (down to £5 from £7), Piccini Chianti Classico (£6 from £9) or the delightful Brancott Estate Sauvignon Gris (£7 from £9).
In my book, however, there is one absolute star.
Rioja Reserva must have three or more years’ maturation with at least one of them in oak; this makes the wine smoother and introduces a few supplementary flavours.
That process has worked perfectly in 2011 Finest* Vina Mara Rioja Reserva (£6 – instead of £8 until 3 May), adding a vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate background without dimming the lively loganberry acidity or the intense black cherry and blackberry fruit.
With skilfully balanced tannin, £6 Rioja does not get any better than this!
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