Around the World With SommGeo

Friday, June 9, 2023

In this pinnacle marquee event, Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher and Thomas Price will transport participants to renowned vineyard sites across the globe as guests taste and learn about some of the world’s iconic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, including 2020 Shaw And Smith Lenswood Chardonnay – Australia, 2020 Catena Zapata White Stones – Argentina, 2016 Domaine Nico Le Paradis Pinot Noir – Argentina, and 2021 Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir – Australia.

2020 Shaw And Smith Lenswood Chardonnay – Australia
  • Winemaker Notes – A fine-boned Chardonnay that reflects the conditions of the vintage and the character of this unique vineyard site. The 2020 vintage has great fruit intensity, with floral, lemon curd, and mineral notes. The layered texture is balanced by high acidity.
  • Critical Acclaim – 97 points – James Suckling
    Such a deep nose, with a wide spectrum of candied citrus, fresh butter, and stunning, leesy complexity. Great concentration, restrained richness, and wonderful mineral freshness give this near-perfect balance.
2020 Catena Zapata White Stones – Argentina
  • Winemaker Notes – Delicate aroma with mineral notes and white flowers; it is a wine of great elegance in the mouth, with delicious jasmine and white peach flavors gently intertwined with a fresh mineral side. It has a lively and refreshing acidity with a long, lingering finish.
  • Critical Acclaim | 97 points – James Suckling
    Lemon zest, pineapple, white pepper, cloves, jasmine, crushed stones, and chalk on the nose. Medium-bodied focused and phenolic. Very fine, mineral, and tight with persistent energy and vivid acidity. Creamy, with salted-almond notes at the end. Drink from 2023.
2016 Domaine Nico Le Paradis Pinot Noir – Argentina
  • Winemaker Notes – The 2016 Domaine Nico Le Paradis opens with a high intensity of mineral elements, such as chalk, with some reduction and herbal notes. A few minutes after opening, berry aromatics appear. Layered and ever-increasing aromas. Subtle, integrated oak. High acidity. Fine tannins.
  • Critical Acclaim | 94 points – James Suckling
    A perfumed and floral wine with hints of fresh tea and strawberries. Some stones, too. Full-bodied, very linear, and long. Polished and fine tannins. Pretty, focused, and balanced. Tension. Best new pinot from here. Drink in 2020.
2021 Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir – Australia
  • Winemaker Notes – This wine is true to the Tolpuddle Vineyard style. It has very intense red and dark berry fruit and some wild fennel and rhubarb notes on the nose. A lot of concentrated fruit is on the palate, balanced by fresh acidity and some fine tannins. Cherry and raspberry notes through to darker blueberry and boysenberry give complexity to a palate that flows seamlessly. Some Chinese five-spice characters hint that more savory notes come with time.
  • Critical Acclaim | 95 points – James Suckling
    I love the transparent, floral nose of this beautifully crafted and extremely fresh Tasmanian pinot noir. The fantastic interplay of mineral acidity, fresh black cherry, and ripe strawberry fruit on the super-elegant palate. Long, silky, and citrusy finish. From the Coal River Valley sub-region of Tasmania.

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