2019 may stand out as one of the more exceptional vintages in recent memory. Cooler temperatures and stable weather for most of the growing season allowed for slow maturation of flavors without any heat events spiking sugar accumulation in the berries. Although 2019 also saw the devastating Kincade fire in Sonoma County, Pinot Noir and most Chardonnays in the county were harvested by then, so the smoke did not affect the grapes. Overall, look for wines with slightly lower alcohol, higher but integrated acids, and a depth of flavor that you would probably have to go back several vintages to find an equal.
From the famed vineyard formerly known as Keefer Ranch, we bring you the MCM88 Pinot Noir; an exuberant Russian River single vineyard Pinot Noir from the block originally farmed by Kosta Browne.Our boldest Pinot noir yet comes from a very special block in a very special vineyard now known as Perry Ranch. This addition to the Senses family stands apart from its’ siblings with greater concentration and richness. We are very excited about this wine and have named it accordingly: MCM stands for Max, Chris and Myles and doubles for the roman numerals of 1900, which when added to ‘88 marks our birth year of 1988.
“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
– Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 94+ points