Informative Wine Tasting Flight at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Illustrates How Elevation Affects Grape Characteristics
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is offering a unique wine flight that illustrates why elevation matters. From the foothills to extreme elevation, grapes exhibit different attributes based on where they are grown, and Perry’s is excited to offer three 2-ounce pours that showcase diverse elevations, resulting in three very different wines.
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“It’s fascinating to taste how much of an impact vineyard elevation has on grape flavors and textures,” says Susi Zivanovic, Perry’s corporate sommelier and beverage director. “Lower elevation in the 500-700 foot range produces larger berries with brighter fruit. Vineyards with a higher elevation, ranging from 1,000-1,200 feet, produce smaller berries, resulting in more concentrated flavors and complex textures.”
Perry’s is pleased to offer patrons a tasting flight of three 2-ounce pours featuring 2014 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Stonestreet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Arrowood Cabernet comes from a vineyard that sits in the 500-700 foot range, comparable to the height of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, and produces brighter fruit. Featuring 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the flavor is bold with black forest fruit and fresh plum, offering undertones of black cherry fruit leather and slate. Cocoa powder and spice come through on the palate accompanied by broad tannins and a rich and persistent ﬁnish.
The 2015 Stonestreet Estate Cabernet grapes are grown at an elevation of 1,300 feet, comparable to the height of the Empire State Building in New York City. These stressed vines are a true example of soaking up their environment. The higher elevation produces smaller berries, resulting in an herbaceous, dark red fruit. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, with savory aromas of bay, bramble, sandalwood, and menthol. As the wine opens, deep fruit flavors of dark raspberry and plum emerge. The palate is rich and inviting.
The 2015 Mt. Brave Cabernet comes from an elevation site at 1,800 feet, comparable to the height of Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) in Chicago. Warm days and lots of sunshine are imperative to allow the grapes for this wine to fully ripen. Stressed vines in high elevation create tiny berries and small clusters but these mountain vineyards are above the fog line blanketing them in warm sunshine creating an ideal environment for a long growing season and thick skins. Featuring 87.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot, the flavor is powerful and intense with notes of blue fruits, toast and dark cherry that combine with bright floral notes, weight and a wonderful finish.
Available for $28 for a flight of three 2-ounce pours; 2014 Arrowood Cabernet available by the glass for $24 or by the bottle for $95; 2015 Stonestreet Cabernet available by the glass for $24 or by the bottle for $95; 2015 Mt. Brave Cabernet available by the glass for $38 or by the bottle for $150.
About Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has earned a faithful following by perfecting prime since it began as a butcher shop in 1979. Perry’s has grown into a renowned group of award-winning restaurants, receiving more than 20 awards in 2018 alone. Perry’s prestigious awards include “Best Steak,” Open Table’s “Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America,” “Top 100 Best Restaurants for Wine,” “Best Happy Hour” and many more.Featuring USDA Prime beef, tableside carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79, Perry’s specializes in a Rare and Well Done experience, currently operating 14 steakhouse locations in Chicago, Denver, Birmingham and across Texas, as well as the two original butcher shops now known as Perry & Sons Market & Grille. For more information and updates on Perry’s Steakhouse, please visit