Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Tongue Dancer Wines Rosé of Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2018
The fifth commercial release of the tasty Tongue Dancer Wines Rosé of Pinot Noir is delicious as always but sadly in short supply. This year's Rosé is a bit of a different animal being made entirely from the Putnam Vineyard that is well-known to BevX readers as the source for their "Pinot de Ville." It's darker in color and richer on the palate than in years past while maintaining perfect balance. As in years past this vibrant Rosé is made in the saigné method — a winemaking technique that bleeds off a portion of juice after a brief contact (two days this year) with the grape skins. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel seeing no wood. It's vibrant, crisp, and above all fun to drink making it the ideal spring and summer sipper.
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 including this delicious and unique Pinot Noir Rosé and a delicious Chardonnay that has now blossomed to this second version of Chardonnay. In short order Tongue Dancer Wines has become one of our most anticipated arrivals. We can't wait to see what they do next.
Brilliant, deep strawberry color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of red cherry and pomegranate with supporting notes of raspberry and hibiscus flower. The palate echoes the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of wild strawberry and mineral. The finish is long and lingering with sweet and tart reds fruits. Medium to full-bodied and perfectly balanced with a vibrant and fruit dense texture.
How to Serve
This wine really needs nothing but a glass and a comfortable chair but it does pair brilliantly with grilled chicken or salmon.
Price: $ 25
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