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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

Terms such as 'riserva', 'reserva' and 'old vines' are questioned by ANTHONY ROSE. How private is Robert Mondavi's Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon?, he asks. The overuse of such terms merely weakens them. Wines that deliver include 2005 Tesco Finest Reserva Especial Casablanca Valley Tapiwey Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (7.99), 2001 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva (around 28.95; Bennetts Fine Wines, Noel Young Wines, Reid Wines) and 2002 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel (23.50; Bacchus Wine). Rose's 'under a fiver' wine is 2004 Anjou Chenin Blanc, Bougrier (4.99; Oddbins); 'under a tenner' is 2004 Terra Felix Mourvdre (6.99; Hoults, Knightwick Wines) and 'splash out' is 2003 Danie de Wet Misty River Chardonnay (12.99; Tesco).