Dec 05, 2014 01:51PM
● By Dia
Lucky for you, many of the best sommeliers work in restaurants in the Southlake and surrounding areas. While it isn’t even possible to gather all the relevant information wine lovers should know in one place, we’ve at least touched on a handful of locations serving up a superb collection of wine. Truluck’s, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, and TruFire were all willing to open their cellars to showcase their finest selections.
Offering almost 200 wines on their extensive list, from sparkling and Chardonnay to Zinfandels and Rieslings, Truluck’s motto is “If you like it…drink it!” There’s no hard and fast rule as to what you should drink with your meal. They have a few among their favorite Cabernets and blends, most from Napa, that stand out. The Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2010, has dense and concentrated aromas of black cherry, blackberry, spice, mocha and vanilla. The primary flavors that hit your palate are blackberry and ripe plums. Another favorite, the Cherry Pie, Stanly Ranch, Napa Valley, 2011, is a Pinot Noir with raspberry, sassafras, smoky oak and rose petal scents on the nose. Berry tastes on the palate, including raspberry jam, compliment the underbrush and spicy flavors.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House
With a collection of more than 450 wines, Bob’s Steak and Chop House in Grapevine has received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. Climate controlled cellars feature bottles from well-known wine producing regions of the world, but with a heavy emphasis on California Cabernets and blends. A few of their favorites include two from Domaine Anderson in the mountain terrain of Northern California’s Anderson Valley: the 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Pinot Noir. First, with flavors of apricot and white-flower aromatics, the Chardonnay has hints of caramelized apple and cinnamon, followed by sweet vanilla and poached pear. On the other hand, the Pinot Noir fills the palate first with black cherry, raspberry and red plum and finishes off with earth notes of molasses and sweet oak.
Located in Southlake Town Square, TruFire offers a wide variety of dishes for every taste, and you can say the same about their wine selection. Wines are perfectly paired with a cheese plate or with an entrée of salmon and vegetables. A few of their favorites include the 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Silver Oak. On the nose there are scents of cassis liqueur, blueberry coulis, tobacco, tarragon and roasting coffee. However, expect a very berry-laden flavor on the palate. Another wine recommended by TruFire is the Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2012. A perfume of currant, roasted espresso, spring flowers and toasty oak greet your nose, and next you are hit with intense flavors of wild berry fruit, plum, roasted fig and cacao. All of which combine to create the perfect Cabernet experience.