Piccini labelTop Ten Reds of 2013 this week including three at under £8 plus plenty of slurpable chocolate and liquorice flavours. Here they are in order of fabness.


Piccini Memoro Italian Rosso

£9.99 Tesco

A reliable brand with this, their signature brand,  and well worth the money – although it does come up on offer at Tesco quite often. Expect flavours of fresh cherry, melting chocolate plus figs and prunes.


Vina PomalLes Grandes Costes Pic Saint Loup 2009, Languedoc (unavailable but see alternative suggestion)

£12.99 Co-op

Richly flavoured components of cherry, cocoa and blackcurrant combine to give a subtle result. Which is interesting in itself and then on reading the grape varieties that go into making this blend (Syrah and Grenache) you wonder how they stopped this wine blowing your tastebuds off.

Which is all slightly academic as this wine isn’t on sale any longer at the Co-op, but a sister wine made from the same winemakers is:

Les Grandes Costes Musardises 2009

£12 Bordeaux & Beyond

A similar blend but Cinsault has been added to the Grenache and Syrah.


Tesco Finest Spanish Somontano 2011

£7.99 (equivalent) Tesco Wine by the Case (£47.94 for 6)

Not currently available as single bottles in store but you can still get it in batches of 6 from Tesco Wine by the Case. Juicy elderberry flavours mixed with blackberry and plum plus a bit of tar and liquorice. Complex.


Monteflores Argentinean Malbec 2012

£9.99 M&S

Deep flavours of smoky liquorice, creamy cherry and damson.


Réserve Combes Saint-Chinian 2011, Languedoc

£7.49 Waitrose

Smooth with concentrated fruity flavours of blackberry and cherry. Juicy and very good.

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Yali Wetland Chilean Cabernet Carmenere 2011

£7.49 Majestic

Blackcurrant, black coffee and Marmite. Very good.


Casillero de Diablo Chilean Carmenere 2011 Reserva

£7.99 Co-op

Cross between a Black Forest Gateaux and a coffee and walnut cake.


Viña Real Rioja Reserva 2006

£16.95 Berry Bros & Rudd

Creamy, smoky cherry and raisin flavours with a hint of dark coffee. And it gets even better the longer you leave the bottle open. But that won’t happen.


Villa Maria New Zealand Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

£17.49 Tesco

Quite a deep and complex Pinot noir with predominately cherry flavours with a background of cocoa and liquorice.


Avignonesi Italian Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010

£22 BuonVino (Settle, North Yorkshire) & other independents

Cherry, blackcurrant and sloe with an edge of oregano.


This article has also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk