10 great wines to enjoy this summer

Summer is here! Time to bask in the sun and enjoy some well-earned rest with friends and… you guessed it! A good glass of wine.
Granted, this post is about summer wine. But when talking about summer wine, we mean all types: sparkling wine, fortified wine, whites, rosés and … why not? even reds. It’s time to do away with the myth that reds are for the winter and whites are for the summer. To help you make the right choice this summer, at Decántalo we have prepared a list of our top ten. Enjoy.

vino-verano Sun, wine, beach and…. a glass of wine. By vreimunde

1. Do Ferreiro 2013: You can’t talk about wine and summer without talking about the freshness and saline character of Albariño de las Rías Baixas. We’re talking about the Do Ferreiro Albariño 2013, one of this denomination’s flagship wines. Broad, engulfing and elegant. Very nuanced. A white wine with character.

2. Finca Viladellops Xarel·lo 2013: Penedès whites are also a must: we can’t imagine summer without a good glass of Xarel·lo. Finca Viladellops Xarel·lo 2013 is a great example of what this variety has to offer. An excellent wine that has just recently been awarded the prize for the best Xarel·lo in the D.O. Penedès.

3. Finca Montico 2012: Exotic freshness, citric aromas, recently chopped herbs…in other words, summer! This fantastic Verdejo single varietal never gets old. It’s produced in the D.O. Rueda by Marqués de Riscal, an internationally renowned Spanish winery.

4. Fino La Ina: Intense, saline and persistent, with the unmistakable sharp character of white Jerez. A luxury that is accessible to anyone. It was recently awarded Best in Show Dry Fortified under £15 at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards.

5. Chivite Colección 125 Rosado 2011: Deep and intense fruity aromas. The milky and spiced notes from the ageing slowly give way to elegant mineral notes. A delicious Chivite that breaks with the stereotype that rosé wines don’t age well. Simply excellent.

6. Coca i Fitó Rosa 2013: Let’s take a look at the D.O. Montsant to talk about this fantastic Rosé Syrah produced by bodega Coca i Fitó. Broad and fresh on the palate, with appetizing strawberry, cherry, balsamic and spiced notes. A good blend of freshness and unctuousity.

7. A mi Manera 2013: A Rioja red in the summertime? Why not!?  A mi Manera 2013 is a fresh fruit explosion.  A single varietal Tempranillo produced by the great Benjamin Romeo using traditional carbonic fermentation techniques.

8. Gaba do Xil Mencía 2012: Let’s continue with these light red wines which are perfect for the summer. This Gaba do Xil Mencía 2012, from the renowned oenologist Telmo Rodríguez, is a great example of freshness and minerality. It is produced in the D.O. Valdeorras, one of the Spanish winemaking areas with the biggest presence on the international stage.

9. 7 Fuentes 2012: A very enjoyable coupage of Listán Negro, an autochthonous grape variety from the Canary Islands. It’s made up of Tinta del País and white grapes that convince anyone who tries them. A brief stretch in the barrel gives this wine structure without losing out on freshness. A sensational D.O. Valle de la Orotava (Tenerife) wine.

10. Raventós i Blanc L’Hereu 2011: Were ending this post with a bang! The fizzy L’hereu Brut Reserva is a demonstration of the hard work put in by Raventós i Blanc year after year. Balanced, with a excellent mid palate. A sure bet.

These are our favourite summer wines. Which are yours?

 

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