Tongue Dancer, Russian River Valley (Sonoma County, California) Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard 2020

($50):  Tongue Dancer has skillfully managed to produce single-vineyard Chardonnay that are different, unique, and demonstrate a stylistic spectrum of the Russian River Valley.  This beautifully balanced one displays lavish tropical fruit notes supported by zesty acidity and a welcoming hint of bitterness in the finish.  Despite its generosity of flavor, it weighs in at under 14 percent-stated alcohol.  Suavely textured, it will appeal to those who prefer fruit to minerality in their Chardonnay.
94 Michael Apstein May 2, 2023