Veteran winemaker James MacPhail has four new offerings of his Tongue Dancer wines, and each is a pleasure to drink. Sourced from top vineyards in the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast, the new releases include a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir rosė and two Pinot Noirs. All of James’ wines are handmade in small quantities with a minimum of intervention, and the results speak for themselves. Readers will find these wines flavorful and mouth filling with good persistence.
Tongue Dancer Wines 2018 Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard Russian River Valley ($42) 93+ The Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard is a lovely wine, rich in flavor and elegance. It displays a yellow-gold color and a rich creamy mouth feel. It reveals ripe tropical and stone fruit flavors with barely a hint of oak, yet it is round and mouth filling with good acidity and persistence on the finish. The Pratt Vineyard is high on our list of top vineyards in Russian River; it is perhaps the most outstanding site for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Sebastapol Hills.
Tongue Dancer Wines 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($22) 91 This is a delicious Pinot Noir rosé. It displays a lovely salmon color hue and aromas of light strawberry fruit. On the palate it offers crisp and dry citrusy fruit flavors with excellent acidity and a long finish. The Pinot Noir grape makes some wonderful roses, such as this one.
Tongue Dancer Wines 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($49) 93+ The Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast offers aromas and flavors of dark cherry fruit. It is soft and mouth filling on the palate with good acidity and overall freshness. It is beautifully balanced with good acidity and structure and has a long satisfying finish. A blend of two outstanding vineyards, the Pratt Vineyard on Sexton Road and the Putnam Vineyard in Annapolis.
Tongue Dancer Wines 2017 The Sly One Sonoma Coast 90 The Sly One is a 100% Pinot Noir sourced from various vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. Medium ruby in color it offers aromas of dark cherry and plum. On the palate it is ripe and earthy with a slightly tart mid-palate with good acidity and a long finish.