Caliterra labelTop Ten Reds of 2012 this week including three at under £7 plus plenty of slurpable chocolate and cherry flavours. Here they are in order of fabness.

Paula's Top Ten Red Wines of 2012


Caliterra Tributo CarmenereCaliterra Tributo Edicion Limitada Chilean Carménère Malbec 2009

£10.25 Fareham Wine Cellar £10.99 Cheers Wine Merchants

Aromas of smoky concentrated blackcurrant juice followed by flavours of smooth milk chocolate, damson and a grind of black pepper. Very good indeed. Which is a shame as it’s only available at a couple of places across the UK. If you find any more outlets for this Top Wine of 2012 then let me know.


Château David 2010 French Bordeaux Supérieur

£8.45 Fareham Wine Cellar (£6.49 Sainsbury’s but no longer listed)

If you want to impress with a traditional-looking bottle of French wine but don’t want to pay the earth then track down this Bordeaux blend: floral aromas (rather like creamy hawthorn) followed by fruity flavours mixed with bitter coffee and a hint of toffee. Complex and good value.

Barefoot Californian Merlot

£6.59 Sainsbury’s and Tesco

This reliable brand offers flavours of jam-filled chocolate cake in its non-vintage Merlot. Yum.


Co-op MalbecCo-op Fairtrade Gran Reserva Argentinean Malbec 2011

£7.99 Co-op

The Co-op popped up a lot this year in the must-have wines list and their posh looking Gran Reserva Malbec makes it into the Top Ten Reds – just like it did last year. Its slurpable smooth blackcurrant and liquorice choc flavours are a great match to any wine glass. Great value.


Tesco Finest Portuguese Touriga Nacional 2010

£7.99 Tesco

Bourbon biscuit dipped in crème fraiche along with violets, tobacco, cherry and blackberry. And just when you thought you’d run out of space on the back-of-the-envelope tasting notes along comes a hint of coconut. For all those complex flavours it’s still quite light-bodied.


Storks Landing Portuguese Pinot Noir Shiraz 2010

£4.49 Co-op and Tesco Wine by the Case (only available as stock comes in so spasmodic availability)

A light and sophisticated red that smells like a bag of chocolate buttons helped down with a spoonful of raspberry jam but tastes of cinnamon-coated strawberry. If you see it buy it.


Caliterra Tributo Cabernet SauvignonCaliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

£9.65 Slurp

Tart damson and cherry fruit flavours plus tobacco and liquorice. Worth the dosh.


Domaine La Borie Blanche French Minervois La Livinière 2007

£9.99 Majestic

Complex flavours of black coffee, black cherry and blackcurrant plus some red strawberry. Almost chocolatey.


Chateau Lamothe Bergeron French Haut-Médoc 2002

£16.99 Averys

It may be posh and French but this wine doesn’t need the open and leave to breathe routine. Just remove the cork and pour to enjoy the long and actually rather light-bodied flavours of blackberry, cherry, violets and a bit of Marmite.


Big Green wineboxThe Big Green Box Californian Old Vine Zinfandel 3-litre winebox

£25.95 (equivalent to £6.49 per 75cl) Inspired Wine (no longer listed)

A nice wine that’s simultaneously aromatic and deeply fruity with blackberry and rosewater flavours. Shame it’s no longer listed at Inspired Wine so look out for other Californian Zinfandels instead.

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