1996
Cabernet Sauvignon
NAPA VALLEY


Current Releases1995 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$34 per 750ml bottle

The intense flavor and bouquet of Keenan's 1996 Cabernet exemplify the characteristics of mountain grown grapes. Our 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes grown on Spring Mountain; the remainder of the fruit was harvested from select vineyards on the floor of the Napa Valley. Keenan carefully chose these vineyards' grapes to add complexity, and to soften the powerful Keenan Estate fruit.

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon has been aged in French oak barrels for 20 months, and small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc were added before bottling. Due to its big, rich character the wine was allowed to age for two and a half years in bottle before release. The resulting wine is comprised of concentrated black cherry and currant aromas, yet notes of coffee and spice are noticed as the wine opens up. The rich flavors and full body are complimented by a nice amount of oak and a lingering toasty finish.

"The dense purple colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses copious quantities of jammy black currant fruit, earth, and smoke in its moderately intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, spicy, and mouth- filling. I would not be surprised to see more nuances emerge as this wine evolves. It will be accessible when released, and capable of lasting 10-15 years."

--Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate

WINE DATA

AWARDS & RATINGS

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

Riverside International Wine Competition
Silver Medal

Alcohol

13.5%

Total Acidity

0.62 grams/100mL

pH

3.48

Residual Sugar

Dry

Bottling Date

August 20, 1998

Blend

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Production

2,294 cases

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