It’s summertime and what better time to enjoy the refreshing qualities of a nice white wine or Rosé with a summer barbecue or dinner Al Fresco. Here are some of the summer wines I have discovered over the last several months.
Italian White Wines
The most unusual was Kettmeir Müller Thurgau from the Alto Adige DOC. Kettmeir was founded in 1919 and is considered one of the regions pioneers both in exporting wine and bringing in modern winemaking methods. Hermann Müller created the Müller grape variety in 1882 in the Swill Canton of Thurgau. Crossing Riesling with Madeleine Royale made this varietal. The Alto Adige DOC is located in the northern part of Italy that abuts Liechtenstein. The grapes grow on high slopes in Soprabolzano. One finds herbal aromas along with those of grapefruit and stone fruit. This balanced wine is refreshing and bright with flavors of stone fruit.
Another wine from the Alto Adige region is the 2015 Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio. Peter Zimmer was established in 1928 and is a family-owned winery located near Cortina. Now in its third generation, the grapes for this Pinot Grigio come from both the mountain valley floor and the steep surrounding hillsides that are about an average of 1600 feet. With nice acidity and minerality, the wine is crisp and refreshing with flavors of pear and hints of spice.
German White Wine
Looking for something different and unique in wine, the 2015 Nik Weis Selection Urban Riesling is well worth the discovery. In its 3rd generation St. Urbans-Hof is the second largest family operated and owned winery in the Mosel dating back to 1947. This Riesling is considered a non-estate wine. With aromas of peach, white flower, specifically white rose, one finds a dry wine with peach flavors and hints of sweetness and spice on the finish that almost give way to making this wine a little more semi-sweet.
French White Wine
Chateau Paul Mas Belluguette 2013 is a Rhone white blend from the Languedoc region of Southern France. This family winery is now in its 4th generation. The wine combines Roussanne, Grenache, and Viognier, but what makes this different is the addition of Vermentino. Also, the wine ages in both French and American oak. One finds the brioche aromas from the French Oak but also senses the coconut flavors imparted from the American oak. This wine is very flavorful and has a richness and body that can often be identified with Rhone blends. The flavors are those of stone fruit as well as tropical fruit. There are also hints of banana.
California White Wine
If you are seeking out a good Chardonnay, Artesa 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay makes an excellent choice. Fine a fruit-forward Chardonnay from the Carneros region. It is definitely a California styled wine with aromas and flavors of golden apple and tropical fruits with hints of toastiness.
A very colorful Rosé is the Castello di Amorosa 2015 Gioia Rosato di Sangiovese. This wine makes a very refreshing and fruity Rosé for an ideal summer wine. The color is that of raspberries with flavors of berries, raspberries, and Maraschino cherry. You might call this a bolder Rosé and is absolutely one not to miss.
Fattoria Sardi Rosé 2015 is subtler. Produced in Toscana this pale salmon colored wine combines Sangiovese and Merlot. Its aromas and flavors are those of strawberry, apricot, rose and honeydew melon. It is crisp with a fruity quality.
Finally, there is the Masi Rosa Dei Masi 2015. This wine is a superb Venetian wine using the Refosco grape. Refosco is an old very dark-skinned grape, native to the Veneto area. This Rosé is different in that it utilizes the Appassimento technique. This process is a very traditional method for the Venetian regions of Italy. After the grapes are picked, they are laid out on bamboo racks in drying lofts during the winter before vinification. This Rosé uses semi-dried grapes. The aromas are those of raspberry and cherry while the flavors are those of sour cherry and grapefruit.
Each of these wines has its own distinct flavors, and excellently represents their wine regions. All eight wines are a perfect choice to finish off the summer season.