I realize that summer is not the major time for reds and that most people prefer white wines and rosé on a warm summer’s evening. However, not every red wine is full-bodied, heavy and tannic.
Perfect Summer Red
What is the perfect summer red? This question does not have a single answer but in my opinion a summer red should be fruity, unoaked, light, easy to drink and of course taste good. Soft, mellow tannins are beneficial, too. If your red wine follows these requirements then it’s perfect for summer. Recently, I found my perfect summer red. These days temperatures in Munich reached almost 30°C (86°F) and red wine was often not an option these days.
Recently I tried a red wine from Villa Merighi, a small, organic winery from Veneto, Italy and thought immediately that the wine was ideal for summer. The winery was founded in the 1960s by Livio Fugatti and is located in San Giorgio in Salici, just outside of Verona, the city of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
On 30 hectares Villa Merighi grows a variety of grapes that are mostly used to make Bianco di Custoza, Bardolino and Bardolino Chiaretto. Did you know that Bardolino is actually produced from a similar set of grapes like Valpolicella and Amarone? Both are made with a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. Corvinone is often added to Amarone and Valpolicella whearas Negarara is found in many Bardolino blends.
2012 Fiore Rosso
Fiore Rosso is a blend of Marzemino, Retico and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine undergoes a fermentation that includes grape skins maceration and ages for a three months in stainless steel vats. This guarantees that the wine keeps its fresh fruit notes. In the glass, Fiore Rosso had a bright ruby red color. 12% was the label listed ABV. The name Fiore Rosso literally translates to Red Flower. On the nose, there was an explosion of red fruit! Mulberry, red currant and raspberry are easily identified. In the mouth, Fiore Rosso was dry with notes of cherries. The wine was easy to drink and had a lingering finish. Perfect harmony between bouquet and palate.
A bottle of Fiore Rosso retails in Munich for around 10€. That’s a good quality price ratio. Definitely looking forward to drink it again. Fiore Rosso is best served at around 16°C. Fiore Rosso is best drank young. I have tried a 2008 vintage a few months ago and it was not that good anymore. The thing that I dislike most about Fiore Rosso is its synthetic cork. I am a traditionalist when it comes to wine closure and prefer real cork over synthetic cork.
As always let me know how you like the wine if you have tried it. What is your perfect summer red? Let me know in the comment section.
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That is all for today! Don’t let the heat get you down and drink something refreshing – maybe a glass or two of Villa Merighi Fiore Rosso!