Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Tongue Dancer Wines Putnam Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014
This wonderful Pinot Noir has been given the cheeky moniker, "Pinot de Ville.” The grapes are sourced from the Putnam Vineyard. The vineyard is just six miles from the Pacific Ocean in the town of Annapolis, CA. The cool coastal breezes are ideal for creating world-class Pinot Noir. This wine is extremely limited so don’t delay if you want to share something special with family and friends this holiday season. The best way to get these wines is to visit their web site and get on their registry. 95 points out of 100.
Tongue Dancer Wines is the latest project from James and Kerry MacPhail. If you are a California Pinot Noir lover you likely know James' previous work with MacPhail Family Wines. In over two decades of work MacPhail built a well-deserved reputation as a Pinot Noir guru. Tongue Dancer Wines are Pinot Noir specialists but they do offer a unique Pinot Noir Rosé and I reliably here that there is a Chardonnay on the way.
Brilliant, deep ruby red with hints of purple. The nose is filled with the scents of ripe red and black berries with supporting notes of earth, mineral, dried herbs, forest floor, nutmeg, and hints of leather that emerge after extended aeration. The palate echoes the nose delivering a lush but very vibrant fruit-driven core with generous accents of earth, spice, and oak finish that lingers on for minutes. Medium to full-bodied with ideal proportions and balance thanks to a bright dose of fresh acidity. The wine's texture is equal to the pleasing flavors as it feels weighty without ever being heavy.
How to Serve
This wine really needs nothing but a glass but the rich texture and bright acidity would love to have a grilled beef tenderloin to join the party.
Price: $ 65