1994 Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District, Hillside Estate

1994 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$27 per 750ml bottle

Keenan considers the 1994 vintage to be one of its best to date. The summer of '94 allowed our Estate grown Cabernet grapes to mature slowly and evenly, and the vineyards were harvested at the peak of maturity. It was this perfect growing season, and a well-timed harvest that helped Keenan to produce a full-bodied Cabernet with wonderful fruit characters.

Our '94 Cabernet shows the concentrated flavor and bouquet that are indicative of our mountain grown Cabernet. Due to new fermentation techniques and over two years of bottle aging, the wine is mouth-pleasing and quite approachable at this time. The wine aromas offer nuances of ripe black cherry and cassis; hints of coffee and cocoa are apparent as the wine opens up. The rich body and soft tannins please the palate as notes of toasty French oak round off the lingering finish.

"1994 Spring Mountain District Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. A small, reliable producer in Napa, Keenan turns out refined cabernets at reasonable prices. In this 1994, fruit from the cool Spring Mountain appellation is paramount, as are the oak barrels to marry and age it in. Ripe aromas of cassis, sandalwood and rose oil lead into cherry, plum and roasted coffee flavors. While the tannins are silkly at the beginning, they are quire firm on the finish. Hold this one for a few years until the tannins are subdued, or tame them now with rich red meat or game dishes." Score: 92.

Wine & Spirits Magazine, October 1998

WINE DATA

AWARDS & RATINGS

1999 Jerry Mead's International Wine Comp.
Silver

1999 Dallas Morning News International
Bronze

1998 San Francisco International Wine Comp.
Bronze

Wine & Spirits Magazine
92 Points

Beverage Testing Institute
92 Points

Wine Enthusiast, Best of 1998
92 Points

Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker, Jr.
88 Points

Wine Spectator, October 1998
87 Points

Alcohol

13.5%

Total Acidity

0.60 grams/100mL

pH

3.62

Residual Sugar

Dry

Bottling Date

August 29 & 30, 1996

Blend

90% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc

Production

2,100 cases

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