by Kalle Berman
“Summer Wine Guides 2021: Reds”
“When you think ‘red wine’ your mind might not immediately go to ‘summer.’ But what would a summer grilling party be without some delicious reds to pair with your steaks, brats, burgers and ribs?
In this first of four summer wine guides (the others covering whites, rosés and sparklers), we focus our attention on the 61 red wines we think you should be drinking as the height of summer is quickly approaching. Ranging from lighter wines that pair excellently with fish and vegetables, to heavier, classic reds that go well with your smokey, savory meats. And although they are all great food wines, they are also equally excellent on their own – perfect for sipping as you enjoy yet another gorgeous summer sunset.
As usual in our wine guides – we let the winemakers themselves speak about why they think their wines deserve your attention.
2018 MacRostie Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
The 2018 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir displays an awe-inspiring level of concentration and depth. Cinnamon, dried flowers, and sun-ripened raspberry aromas entice you to take a sip. On the palate, this gorgeous wine is soft and appealing, with silky tannins and bright berry fruit flavors. Nuanced cocoa and coffee notes tie into the finish leaving a pleasing, lasting impression.”
“Summer Wine Guides 2021: Whites”
“Welcome to summer – have a glass of delicious white wine, take a seat on the porch and just take in the scenery. And don’t worry out finding the right wine – we’ve taken the guesswork out of summer white wine selection for you.
As the summer presses on, a glass of crispy Sauvignon Blanc or a buttery Chardonnay floats our boat equally. We don’t discriminate against grapes – good wine is good wine in our book – but we do want our wine be versatile, equally comfortable drunk on its own as paired with the finest summer bounty. So here, presented in the winemakers’ own words, are our favorite white wines of the blistering summer of 2021.
2018 MacRostie Dutton Ranch Chardonnay Russian River Valley
The wine has a pale yellow color and complex aromas of ripe pineapple, green melon, and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate, it offers a soft, supple texture that elegantly supports the vibrant fruit flavors. The finish is round and mouth-filling, with a beam of energetic natural acidity and linger hints of kumquat and tropical fruit.”