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Throughout May, flight night at SOHO Atlanta restaurant will feature the wines and flavors of Napa Valley. The tour continues on Wednesday, May 18. The wine and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, May 24.


Photo courtesy of Cliff Lede winery

First, SOHO will pour a 2014 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc. The winemaker offers the following tasting notes: “With the color of yellow diamonds, this gem of a wine shines brilliantly in the glass and tempts with alluring aromas of tangerine, lemon verbena, fall persimmon, and honeyed white peach. Gorgeous floral notes of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and night blooming jasmine intertwine with the top notes of the effusive bouquet. The gentle battonage during fermentation brought out a seductive texture that coats the palate with layers of lemon curd, quince paste, and crème brulee. A vibrant spine of minerality supports the wonderfully rich texture and, as the lengthy finish unfolds, lovely flavors of kumquat, marzipan, and citrus marmalade fill the olfactory senses.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2012 Swanson Vineyards Napa Valley Cygnet Merlot. The winemaker describes the wine: “2012 was a warm vintage, which is reflected in the depth of flavor and generous mouth feel of this wine. Deep purple-hued red color, and an array of black fruits more commonly associated with Cabernet lead to a mouthful of velvety, ripe tannins. Lingering notes of cocoa, clove and black cherry echo long after the wine is swallowed.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2014 Martin Ray ‘Reserve’ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The winemaker notes: “The diverse sources of this Cabernet Sauvignon exemplify the Napa Valley terroir. The strong, traditional bouquet layers notes of ripe black cherry, dark cassis, aromatic violets, and savory curry spices rooted by earthy undertones. With clean fruit throughout the palate, this medium-bodied wine has well-structured tannins balanced by a nuance of toffee and caramel oak influence.”

SOHO’s executive chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a tapas plate to be paired with each wine.

2014 Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc
85% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Semillon, 3% Sauvignon Vert
Paired with: Shrimp & Corn Mezzaluna Pasta with Tomato-bacon Cream

2012 Swanson Vineyards
83% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot
Paired with: House-made Bacon with Tomato Stewed Lady Peas

2014 Martin Ray ‘Reserve’ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet
Paired with: Duck Confit on Toast with Cherry Gastrique, Crispy Duck Skin & Shaved Shallot

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!