Tongue Dancer Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2015

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Sonoma Coast

Varietal   Pinot Noir

Retail Price   $49

ABV   14.5%

Score   4.5 Stars/94 points

In the Glass


Brilliant, deep ruby color.


The nose is moderately intense offering scents of black cherry, boysenberry, and plum with supporting notes of slate, five spice, and rose petals with accents of earth.


The palate echoes the nose delivering a black fruit-driven core with flavors of crushed black and red berries. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins.

Intensity & Texture

Full-bodied and perfectly balanced despite its concentrated fruit core offering an opulent and silky texture.

Cool Factor


What's not cool about a delicious, tiny production Pinot with personality? We are into our second year of looking at Tongue Dancer Pinot and it's clear that this brand is special.

Value Grade


At roughly $50 it's not going to be found in the bargain bin but it's hardly found at all with just 35 cases produced. We find this beauty to be a bargain.


Tongue Dancer Wines is a fantastic, tiny wine brand created by 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. Last year we reviewed (and loved) their single vineyard Pinot Noir. This expression of Pinot is made by grapes sourced from vineyards in the Sonoma Coast appellation. Tongue Dancer Wines are Pinot Noir specialists and all of their wines are made in very small quantities. The best way to get these wines is to visit their web site and get on their registry. 94 points.

How to Enjoy

This wine really needs nothing but a glass but the rich texture and bright acidity make it a great companion to steak tartare.

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