Throughout January, flight night at SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase red varietals from around the world. The world tour finishes on Wednesday, January 27, when Cabernet Sauvignon is the featured varietal. The wine and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, February 2.
First, SOHO will pour a 2012 Gilbert Cellars ‘Left Bank’ Cabernet from Columbia Valley, Washington. The winemaker offers the following tasting notes, “The 2012 ‘Left Bank’ shows a deep, dense plum color characteristic of the blend. Immediately, the nose jumps forth with aromas of ripe black fruit – currant, blackberry, cocoa bean, cigar tobacco, paper smoke, wet rock, freshly-milled cedar and peppermint liqueur. Broodingly complex and dignified. Upon tasting the palate surprises initially with dry-restraint yet fulfills the earth-driven promise of the nose with micro-tannins, a dense mid-palate, medium-long finish and subtly balanced alcohol and acidity.”
Next, SOHO will pour a 2013 Hoopes Hoopla ‘The Mutt’ Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The winemaker says, “Bright raspberry and blackberry fruits with notes of fresh cream. Has a medium body with a soft texture and a bright pleasing finish.”
Finally, SOHO will pour a 2014 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California. The winemaker describes the wine, “Rich and robust with aromas of blackberry, bing cherry and black currants dominating, accented with sage, dried herbs, espresso bean and dark chocolate. Hints of cigar box and vanilla. Bold and full bodied on the palate, offering flavors of cherry, dried berries and cassis, with a subtle mocha and truffle nuances. Balanced and well-rounded finish of pure blackberry fruit, coffee, and a firm but smooth texture.”
SOHO’s executive chef, Scott Warren, and sous chef, Chris Lyons, have created a tapas plate to pair with each wine.
2012 Gilbert Cellars ‘Left Bank’ Cabernet
49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 14% Malbec 7% Petit Verdot
Paired with: Grilled venison with roasted asparagus and pickled grapes
2013 Hoopes Hoopla ‘The Mutt’ Napa Valley Cabernet
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot
Paired with: Mushroom and short rib ravioli with walnut brown butter & sage
2014 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon
At least 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
Paired with: Steak tartare with capers, anchovies, quail egg, and toast points
Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapas plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapas plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas). See you soon!