Golden Gate Wine, Hong Kong’s premier importer of fine American wines, celebrates the summer season with a cool list of “Top Ten Summer Wines”. Suitable for all kinds of summer revelry, Golden Gate Wine will extend a 15% discount for purchases of HK$1,200 or more from June to August 2012.
From zesty whites to laid-back reds, the ten wines capture the essence of summer. Whether unwinding at sunset, enjoying an al fresco dining experience, or reading a book poolside, the wines are ideal for cooling off in the warmer months.
“The list contains easygoing can’t-go-wrong wines,” says Golden Gate Wine co-founder Toby Marion. “They all share a certain gentleness and refreshing lightness. These qualities make them a perfect match for typical summer dishes, from grilled meats and fish to fresh salads.”
With prices ranging from HK$141 to $421 per bottle, the Top 10 list comprises:
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Méthode Champenoise, North Coast, California MV
This stylish wine boasts elegant aromas of green apples, jasmine and tropical fruit. The palate is crisp and complex, with a hint of cream to balance the acidity.
Wine Spectator – 90pts, Winpac 2007: Gold Medal (NV), Quarterly Review of Wines – 4 stars, Best Value (Spring ’08)
Alma Rosa Pinot Blanc, Santa Rita Hills, California 2007
Fresh white flowers show first in the aroma of the wine, leading to pear and melon with some vanilla-nutmeg spiciness.
Hedges Family Estates CMS Sauvignon Blanc, Washington 2009
A blended white wine with Sauvignon Blanc dominating over 75% of this wine, the mouth feel has a delicate balance of acid angularity and defined herbal sophistication.
Calera Viognier, Mt. Harlan 2010
Bright flavors of peach, nectarine, honeysuckle and apple blossoms surround a soft, round mouthful of flavor with a vibrant mouth-watering finish.
Pacific Rim Riesling Columbia Valley, Washington 2010
Portraying bright crispness, subtle sweetness and aromas of jasmine, pear and apple, the sweetness plays wonderfully with fiery fare (from Thai to Mexican), while the natural acidity stands up to richer foods (from French to German).
Wine Enthusiast – 90pts (’10), #1 Top 100 Best Buy Wines of 2011
Ventana Gold Stripe Chardonnay, Monterey Arroyo Seco, California 2009 $164
Ventana’s "Gold Stripe" Chardonnay has lively tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango. Aging in French Oak adds accents of vanilla and light honey tones. The perfect balance of fruit, oak and acidity makes this an exceptional sipping and food-friendly Chardonnay.
SILVER – Monterey Wine Competition 2011, SILVER – San Diego International Wine Competition 2011, SILVER – New World International Wine Competition 2011
Henry Estate Veraison, Oregon 2009
Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Muscat, and Cabernet Sauvignon with a little over 2% residual sweetness, this wine will be enjoyed by all. This soft, fruity blush wine
Delinea 300 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2008
The volcanic soils of Oregon’s Dundee Hills, coupled with a fertile layer of silt, help create this unique Pinot Noir. The combination produces a blend of bright, fruit-forward flavours balanced against elegant, subtle earth notes.
Domaine Serene Pinot Noir, Yamhill Cuvee, Oregon 2008 $421
Loaded with ripe and spicy aromas of dark cherry plum, candied strawberry, sandalwood, beetroot, cola, anise, and allspice. The palate is full and supple, showing lots of ripe strawberry, dark cherry and citrus with an incredibly long and silky finish. Drink till 2014
Wine Spectator – 91pts (’08) Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate – 91pts (’08) Wine and Spirits April 2011 – #17 in the most popular Pinot Noir
Cain Cuvee, Napa Valley, California NV6$292
A new style blend with bright aromas and a mouth-wateringly fresh palate and a silky finish. Grapes from Cain Vineyards, Spring Mountain, Diamond Mountain and the Napa Oakville and Rutherford benches. Considered America’s top pouring wine for high end restaurants, it is a well balanced, surprisingly complex wine with a unique personality, made from four varietals and two vintages.