Tongue Dancer, Russian River Valley (Sonoma County, California) Pinot Noir “Pinot de Ville” 2020

($63):  The talented team of James and Kerry MacPhail oversee Liquid Vineyl, the producer of Tongue Dancer wines.  Since everyone just refers to them as Tongue Dancer, I am using that moniker as the producer.  The MacPhails seem to favor a ripe, full-bodied style of Pinot Noir that emphasizes fruit over the grape’s potential savory side, though subtle herbal nuances do peak through in their Pinot de Ville.  A fine texture and polished tannins make it easy to enjoy now and a pleasant jolt of acidity keeps it fresh.  Heat in the finish, reflective of its 14.7 percent stated alcohol, is apparent.  This is an excellent choice for those who embrace a bold fruit-driven style of Pinot Noir.
90 Michael Apstein Apr 18, 2023