The Summer Blend is Back
If you visited Keenan Winery last summer you may have noticed that a wine was missing from the tasting list: the Summer Blend. The Summer Blend is Keenan’s small production white wine that’s been a tasting room mainstay since its first release back in 2002. The wine is medium bodied with intense floral aromatics and is delightful straight out of the refrigerator or ice bucket; hence the name “Summer Blend” – a wine to enjoy on a hot summer day or evening. Sadly, we were unable to produce this delicious wine last year, but we’re back on track with the 2012 Summer Blend.
The scheme for creating the Summer Blend starts with great Chardonnay. For most vintages, the blend includes eighty to ninety percent Chardonnay. The Chardonnay component of the blend supplies backbone, structure, depth and wonderful acidity. It’s the aromatic Viognier that sets the wine apart though. The Chardonnay is transformed into a different creature by including a small amount of this floral, perfumy Rhone varietal.
Over the years the amount of Viognier integrated into the Summer Blend has varied from ten to twenty-five percent. Two vintages (2006 and 2007) also included another floral Rhone varietal: Marsanne. In addition to Chardonnay and Viognier, our 2012 Summer Blend incorporates Albariño, a grape varietal that began being cultivated in the U.S. in the mid 1990's but owes its history to Spain and Portugal.
The Summer Blend is a small production wine for Keenan, with total cases bottled ranging anywhere from 150 cases up to nearly 500 cases for the 2009 vintage. This year we bottled just 300 cases. So stop by the winery for a taste, or visit www.keenanwinery.com to place an order. Those of you in the Keenan Wine Club received a bottle of the 2012 Summer Blend in April; let us know if you’d like to stock up as we expect this wine to be sold out by September.