These two new releases from James McPhail’s Tongue Dancer are a welcome addition to the bevy of Sonoma County wines on the market. As we have written previously James is one of California’s top winemakers and Tongue Dancer is a relatively new project that reflects his interest in wines that have texture and mouth feel. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reviewed below are delicious wines and tell us that James McPhail is on a role. Only about 100 cases each were made of these wines so hurry up and get them before they disapper.
Tongue Dancer 2017 Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard, Irwin Lane, Russian River Valley. ($39) 93
This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and offers rich aromas of toast and hints of stone fruit. On the palate it has a creamy mouth feel which is both rich tasting and elegant. This is a quintessential California Chardonnay from a first-class vineyard made by a talented winemaker, James MacPhail. using Burgundian methods.
Tongue Dancer Wines 2017 “Pinot de Ville” Putnam Vineyard Sonoma Coast ($65) 93
“The Pinot de Ville” offers big aromas and flavors of dark cherry, boysenberry and plum with hints of toasted oak. It reveals a lovely texture with good acidity and ripe concentrated and spicy flavors on the palate. Aged 16 months sur-lie in French oak, 25% new, it is sourced from the Putnam Vineyard in Annapolis.