Throughout the month of January, flight night at SOHO Atlanta restaurant will continue to showcase red varietals. Flight night on Wednesday, January 15, will feature Malbecs from three different continents. The wine and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, January 21.
First, SOHO will pour a 2010 Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Malbec from Cahors, France. The winemaker says, “Cahors is the appellation sits snug in the Haut-Pays, or high country, equidistant from the Atlantic, the Pyrenees, and the Mediterranean…The soil itself; it’s red, based on limestone but flush with iron oxides. Iron was once smelted here, and this element, coupled with the intrinsic qualities of the native grape, accounts for the extraordinary minerality that anchors the region’s best wines. The big thing about Cahors, however, is that it is the ancestral home of the black Malbec grape.”
Next, SOHO will pour a 2010 Waterbrook Reserve Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington. Of the Malbec, the winemaker says ” “Wonderfully developed cherry
aromas swirl in the glass. Juicy, dark flavors welcome you to the well-rounded palate. Layered notes of rich fruit, cocoa powder and leather lead to balanced tannins and lingering oak on the finish.
Finally, SOHO will pour a 2011 Piattelli Lujan de Cuyo Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The winemaker says, “With a color that gradiates from an intense, blue-purple core to a bright red rim, Grand Reserve Malbec’s expanding bouquet integrates perfectly with its dark fruit and chocolate coffee flavor, lingers with a moderate tannin pull, and finishes with understated-yet resonant oak.”
SOHO’s executive chef, Joe Ahn, has created three tapas plates to pair with each Malbec.
2010 Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Malbec
Paired with: Duck and sausage cassoulet
2010 Waterbrook Reserve Malbec
99% Malbec, 1% Cabernet
Paired with: Beef and mushroom canneloni with San Marzano tomato sauce
2011 Piattelli Lujan de Cuyo Malbec
Paired with: Pork and hominy stew with cilantro
Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $13.50. Or, pair the flight with a tapas plate for $18. Try a full glass of wine and tapas plate for $12. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9/glass and $6/tapas). See you soon!