When summer starts to heat up, big reds like Cabernet and Merlot are neglected in our house. Even as eager carnivores, we eat a lot more fish and chicken as the days grow longer, and because a certain wife in my house is not big on Chardonnay, we open a lot of Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Rhône whites.
The whole white Meritage thing never impressed me, but I do enjoy a festive white blend when I can find a good one. The eccentric Rosemount blends like Traminer-Riesling have always been crisp and easy to drink, and the Caymus Conundrum has an exotic appeal although it’s a hint sweet.
Relatively new to the market is Kendall-Jackson Summation, a charismatic kitchen-sink concoction of eight different grapes from five different California wine regions (mostly Lake, Mendocino and Santa Barbara counties). Sauvignon Blanc gives it a crisp backbone and minerality, Viognier and Chardonnay add body and a lush texture and Roussanne, White Riesling and Muscat Canelli add bright fruit and floral aromas.
The night I opened it, I made grilled chicken Caesar salad, and the wine was an ideal match. I rated it 90 points, non-blind. Retailing for $17, it’s widely available.
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