Kent’s Pick: 2016 Martha Stoumen Post Flirtation Red, $16.99

I’ll start by saying this is a fun and interesting wine for summer. It’s meant to be chilled just a few degrees below cellar temperature and drunk young, like right now. The wine is produced by Martha Stoumen, and is comprised of 65 percent Carignan from Mendocino County and 35 percent Zinfandel  from Contra Costa County. The grapes are harvested earlier than normal, so the wine is relatively low in alcohol—only 11.3 percent. Stainless steel aging for six months helps to keep the acidity high and the fruit flavors very fresh. The nose shows bright raspberry, a touch of orange zest, with a nice floral lift.  In the mouth this wine is very vibrant and again shows raspberry, a bit of cherry, baking spices and a bit of pepper. I know that it’s rosé season, but if you are looking for something with a bit more weight, but still drinkable on a summer evening, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed!