2016 Tongue Dancer Rosé of Pinot Noir, Putnam Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

A brilliant neon orange/salmon color in the glass. Made in the classic French saigné style from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, this rosé exhibits a steely first sniff, unfolding in the mouth to reveal flavors of cantaloupe and tart strawberry. At mid-palate, a splash of rosewater adds intrigue. Finally, the crisp finish gives way to a chewy afterflavor of cashews and yeasty bread. Made in a dry style and sporting a hefty 14.5% alcohol, this blush is decidedly New World by birth, but carries herself with an Old World sensibility and sense of place. This calls out for a platter of cheeses and charcuterie, accompanied by crusty bread. It’s up to you which hillside winery you want to sit in to enjoy it.
MSRP: $25 (April 2017)
Wine Lines rating: 88

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