Former Evening Land manager and master sommelier Larry Stone has teamed up with Napa winery investor David Honig and legendary Burgundian wine producer Dominique Lafon to launch Lingua Franca. This oenological dream-team is the wine industry equivalent of The Traveling Wilburys – a powerhouse of talent which seeks to draw from each of their unique talents to produce wines of distinction and excellence.
The Tongue N Cheek was one of the Pinot selections from their inaugural vintage, 2015. Instead of single-vineyard designates, the winery chose instead to make cuvees with stylistic focus. This one was selected for medium weight and breathy smooth texture. It is at once floral and brooding – elegant and powerful. Plenty of “Pinot funk” in this one along with a smoked meat character riding the blueberry/raspberry fruit.