Cuvée Marcy is the latest release from Sandler. Cuvée Marcy was previously known as KEEFER RANCH. Kosta Browne purchased the vineyard and have the exclusive name rights to this source. Sandler is still purchasing the fruit and uses Keefer’s original owner (Marcy) as its moniker instead. Keefer Ranch Vineyard was planted in 1988 by Marcy Keefer and her husband Robert, a retired doctor who took night classes on grape farming before diving into the deep end and establishing the site. Many great wineries have purchased fruit from them, until they sold to K.B – now only a handful of them will still have access to this coveted source. Marcy Keefer passed away in the fall of 2017, so this wine is dedicated to her memory.
Sandler 2016 Pinot Noir “Cuvée Marcy” Russian River Valley
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The wine known formerly as “Keefer Ranch” has a deep, dark ruby color with a purple rim. The nose is among the prettiest of all the (former) Keefers (now Cuvee Marcy) Sandler has produced. The wine offers up aromas of rose petals, ripe berry fruit and a whiff toasty vanilla. The palate is youthful and drinks more like a young Pommard than a Russian River Valley Pinot, with well-balanced acidity, moderate tannin, and a slightly earthy component. An elegant finish unfolds with time, revealing a wine that should last well into the 2020’s.