We met with this Sonoma Coast winery a few weeks ago to taste their newest releases and this 2016 was the star of the tasting. Produced by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, this new offering is bold, complex and beautiful. What used to be known as Keefer Ranch in Russian River Valley, Thomas was able to get this famed vineyard block that was originally farmed by Kosta Browne. It has been released with great reviews and it is well-deserved. “Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir MCM88 gives exuberant black raspberries, mulberries and crushed blueberries notes with hints of baking spices, anise, chocolate box, and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous black and blue fruits with plenty of spicy accents and a refreshing line, finishing long and silken textured.” – Robert Parker.