Where to Sip: Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

| January 17, 2018

aldo sohm flightPicture this: you’re in the heart of Midtown, parched from walking the long avenues with endless skyscrapers in sight and you’re thirsty for a refreshing glass of wine.  You don’t want to dig into the depths of your wallet at a fancy restaurant, but where on earth do you turn?

We’ll tell you where – Stumble into Aldo Sohm’s wine bar and you’ll find a cozy little oasis within the vast, urban jungle we call Manhattan.  Across the street from Le Bernardin, the three-starred Michelin restaurant that houses the namesake sommelier, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar makes you feel that you’re being invited right into a living room with its warm tones and comfy couches.  With a high ceiling adjacent to walls adorned with Keith Haring paintings, little knick knacks, and gleaming Zalto glasses, this watering hole happens to be home to some of the BEST wine talent in the city.  The wine and the sommeliers that serve it here are all truly excellent.

The bar, set in the back of the space, has seating arranged on either side of the sommelier’s spot in the center – as if they are hosting a decidedly fun (liquid-based) banquet.  We loved sitting here because we felt that the communal seating underscored the intention to be casual and inviting – a place where one could discuss and share thoughts with a neighboring guest.  It certainly helped that the sommeliers were all extremely friendly in addition to being knowledgeable – no question too simple or too specific.

 

What We Chose:

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar has been in the habit of offering up a new single varietal, international flight each month. Most recently focusing on Syrah, they decided to change things up this month and include three different representations of Pinot Noir.

Lingua Franca, Avni, Eola-Amity Hills 2015lingua franca

This is a classic, classic, CLASSIC Pinot Noir.  We know it may not sound like the most informative description, but true to its Willamette Valley core and some really excellent winemaking by Thomas Savre, you really get the sense here that you’re tasting every bit of the grape and the terroir. High acid and beautifully balanced, along with pleasantly austere red fruit and quintessentially Pinot Noir character of stemminess, this wine manages to feel crisp, clean, refreshing and complex.

Weingut Benedikt Baltes, Spätburgunder Buntsandstein, Franken 2015

Heading to Germany for some Pinot Noir…really? Did we stumble off the beaten path? Take a wrong Buntsandstein-Spaetburgunderturn? Definitely not.  Maybe not as obvious as some of the more famous regions, but Germany produces a ton of the stuff (locally known as Spätburgunder) and it’s only getting better and better. This wine is remarkably high acid (READ: food friendly), lighter bodied than its friends from warmer regions, and red fruit driven (barely ripe strawberries and raspberries) with a delicate undertone of green olive.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, 1er cru Aux Thorey, François Feuillet 2012

Francois Feuillet Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Thorey 2012

Ah, Burgundy: the place that commands upwards of $1000 per bottle of select, new release, Pinot Noir goodness.  Do we think maybe they’re onto something? Widely accepted to best represent Pinot Noir’s delicacy, austerity, and complexity, Burgundy’s terroir brings an undeniable sense of refinement and balance. Though initially a little closed off to the nose, this wine opened beautifully to reveal an abundant bouquet of non-fruit aromas. Vegetal flavors, mushrooms, wet rocks and minerality, cloves and beautifully refined spice lingered on our palate alongside a hint of strawberry jam.

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Location: 151 W 51st St

New York, NY 10019

Great for: Developing Your Palate, Personal Expertise, Impressing a Date

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