1998 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Current Releases2000 Napa Valley Chardonnay

$22 per 750ml bottle

The 2001 Chardonnay is a blend of the Keenan Estate fruit and fruit purchased from select vineyards on the floor of the Napa Valley. This blend of Napa Valley wines continues the Keenan tradition of producing a crisp classic style Chardonnay.

The 2001 growing season prompted
Keenan's Chardonnay to ripen slowly and evenly, and we were able to harvest the fruit at optimum sugar and flavor levels. After pressing, the juice was chilled and allowed to settle before being placed in French oak barrels. Yeast was added to the juice and a barrel fermentation lasting fourteen days followed. No secondary, or malolactic, fermentation was carried out, leading to the crisp, citrus character of this wine. The Chardonnay was barrel aged in approximately fifty percent new oak barrels, and was left on its lees and stirred weekly. The wine was aged for eight months before it was bottled.

The finished wine shows citrus, ripe pear and apple in the nose, yet tropical hints of pineapple are noticed as the wine opens up. The sur-lie aging has added complexity to the pear and crisp apple flavors, and plenty of oak character returns on the finish. Like all of Keenan's wines, this Chardonnay is a food worthy wine whose crisp acidity and medium body will accompany a wide variety of food fare.

Excerpt from Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s,
The Wine Advocate, Issue 150
89 Points

'"It is encouraging to see a yearly increase in quality from Keenan. While their Spring Mountain Vineyards are finally starting to come into production, purchased fruit is also utilized. The top wines of their current portfolio are the finest I've ever tasted fromthis producer."

2001 and 2002 Chardonnays are atypical California Chardonnays. They are concentrated, with gorgeous purity, crisp acidity as well as subtle oak presented in a Chablis-like style. Notes of pear, white currents, and minerals are found in these medium body offerings. They are not put through malolactic fermentation, which only enhances their crisp, zesty styles. Both should drink well for several years."

Wilfred Wong
eCommerce Cellarmaster
Beverages & More!
(March 9, 2004,)

"Medium straw color; a very enticing aroma of ripe pears and other core fruit notes topped with hints of cream and caramel, very good fruit depth; medium bodied, layered on the palate with a fine, firm grip; attractive ripe fruit flavors, excellent textures; long finish, crisp aftertaste."
(Best Served 2004-2007)



Wine Advocate / Robert Parker
89 Points

2002 San Francisco Chronicle Northern California Wine Competition
Bronze Medal

Jerry Meads International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal

Beverages & More/Wifred Wong
91 Points



Total Acidity

0.68 grams/100mL



Residual Sugar


Bottling Date

May 8, 2002


1,690 cases

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