Tongue Dancer Wine

Owner(s) James MacPhail, Kerry MacPhail
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Tongue Dancer Wine

A small new project started with the 2013 vintage by James and Kerry MacPhail, past owners of MacPhail Family Wines in Healdsburg, CA. Intimate in scale and scope, a Pinot Noir and Rosè will be offered in each vintage.

The wines are reasonably priced and offered through a mailing list only.

Reviewed Wines

2016 TongueDancer Putnam Vineyard Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.19, TA 0.82, 95 cases, $25. Released March 8, 2017. A saignée of Pinot Noir from the Putnam Vineyard in Annapolis. 2-day skin contact, fermented in stainless steel with M2 yeast. 100% malolactic fermentation. · Moderate copper hue in the glass. The nose leads with aromas of strawberry, watermelon and yellow rose. The flavors echo the aromas along with tastes of blood orange, persimmon and herbs. Clean and upbeat, with some persistence on the citrus peel infused finish. The alcohol in this wine, above the level of many Rosés, gives the wine more body and a hint of perceived sweetness. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 Tongue Dancer Pinot de Ville Putnam Vineyard Sonoma County Pinot Noir

14.5%, pH 3.73, TA 0.57, RS <1.0 g/L. 70 cases, $65. Released September 6, 2916. Inaugural single-vineyard Pinot Noir release from Tongue Dancer Wines. This historic 32-acre vineyard was planted in 2005 at 500 feet elevation and is located in Annapolis on the West Sonoma Coast, just 6 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard is family owned and operated by Cliff and Puanani Putnam. Goldridge and sandy clay loam soils. Clones 115, 777, Pommard, Flowers, Calera. Yield 2.0 tons/acre. 100% de-stemmed after meticulous sorting. 5-day cold soak, native and inoculated yeast primary fermentation. Once fermentation close to completion, the fermenters are drained of free-run juice to barrel and barrels are stirred once every other week until primary is completed. The wine was aged 18 months on the lees in French oak barrels. Light filtration with no fining at bottling. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A vivacious wine with an array of aromas including dark berries, black cherry, black raspberry, spice and dusty earth. A wild, feral character enhances the mid weight core of dark red and black berry and spice flavors. Lifted by good acidity, with judiciously integrated oak, and offering a notably seductive satiny mouthfeel. The wine was more expressive the following day when re-tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed October 2, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Tongue Dancer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.75% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.56, 100 cases, $45. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold maceration in small open-top fermenters, native and inoculated yeast ferments, daily punchdowns by hand or foot, and aged 11 months on the lees in 100% French oak barrels, 1 new, 2 from 2012 and 1 from 2011. Lightly filtered at bottling with no fining. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas of fresh cherry, red berry and spice pick up intensity over time in the glass. Very sleek with impeccable balance, offering mid weight flavors of black cherry and brown spice in a highly enjoyable style that ends on a high note of generous cherry goodness. Score: 92. Reviewed April 2, 2016 ARTICLE »

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