1999
1998 Napa Valley Merlot
NAPA VALLEY

Current ReleasesKeenan Winery 1998 Merlot Napa Valley

$29 per 750ml bottle

The long growing season and steady, high temperatures in September of 1999 helped create Merlot grapes of the highest quality. The grapes for the '99 Keenan Merlot were harvested primarily from the Keenan Estate on Spring Mountain; the remainder came from both valley floor and mountain regions within the Napa Valley. Keenan carefully chose this blend of fruit to create a full bodied, complex Merlot.

The
1999 Merlot has been aged in 50% new French and American oak barrels for 20 months. This wine remains 100% Merlot -- no other varietals were added to the blend. The resulting wine shows intense plum, black cherry and blackberry aromas that are enhanced by a toasty oak background. Consumers can expect the wine to open up to a rich, velvety, full-bodied wine that pleases the palate.

"Smooth and mellow, this Merlot blends mountain fruit (46% from Keenan's Spring Mountain estate, 4% from Mount Veeder) with components from Carneros and Rutherford. It offers tight cherry and kirsch flavors on a creamy texture, an easy red to enjoy by the glass before dinner or with prime rib."

- Wine & Spirits, August 2002

"Midnight black, then blue comes through in scents of mulberries and blueberries, all perfumed by oak and hard as a brick of fruit. Scents of black tea and rosehip spice cut through the thickness of all that fruit, hinting at what flavors may develop with a few years in the cellar."

- James Laube, The Wine Spectator, September 2002

WINE DATA

AWARDS & RATINGS

2002 California State Fair
Gold Medal, 94 Points

2002 Orange County Fair

Silver Medal

Wine & Spirits Magazine
88 Points

Wine Spectator
88 Points

Alcohol:

13.5%

Total Acidity:

0.62 grams/100 ml

pH:

3.43

Residual Sugar:

Dry

Bottling Date:

August 21, 2001

Blend:

100% Merlot

Production:

2,450 cases

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