WINE ADVOCATE REVISITS 2001s

Robert M. Parker Jr.
June, 2011 / Issue 195

2001 Mernet Reserve

95+ Points: Composed of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, the brilliant, dense purple-colored 2001 Mernet Proprietary Red exhibits a Bordeaux-like nose of spice box, cedarwood, black currants, licorice and tobacco leaf. Still an adolescent at age ten, this full-bodied, concentrated, multidimensional wine will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring, and easily last an additional 25 years. A spectacular effort, it is one of the first truly great wines to emerge from Keenan and has been followed by a decade of superlative offerings. Drink: 2015 - 2040

Michael Keenan has done an incredible job over the last decade, and his 2001s admirably demonstrate the fabulous potential of his wines. This is one source of Bordeaux varietals where the Cabernet Franc and Merlot are well worth a special effort to find.

2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

95+ Points: Another compelling effort from Michael Keenan is the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. The most backward and perhaps longest-lived of these impressive wines, it boasts an opaque ruby/purple color along with full body, excellent texture, good acidity and minerality as well as fabulous fruit concentration and depth. Accessible now, it will be even better with another 2-3 years of cellaring and should last through 2035+. Drink: 2013 - 2035

Michael Keenan has done an incredible job over the last decade, and his 2001s admirably demonstrate the fabulous potential of his wines. This is one source of Bordeaux varietals where the Cabernet Franc and Merlot are well worth a special effort to find.

2001 Cabernet Franc 25th Anniversary (100% Cabernet Franc)

94 Points: Confirming my early impressions, the 2001 Cabernet Franc 25th Anniversary (100% Cabernet Franc) is one of the most prodigious Cabernet Francs made in Napa Valley. Still extremely young, it reveals a dense, opaque purple color, a wonderful bouquet of graphite, spring flowers, tobacco leaf, blueberries, black raspberries and currants intermixed with a scent of ink. While drinkable because of supple tannins, it hints at even greater things to follow in another 5-6 years and should keep for 10-15 years thereafter. Drink: 2016 - 2031

Michael Keenan has done an incredible job over the last decade, and his 2001s admirably demonstrate the fabulous potential of his wines. This is one source of Bordeaux varietals where the Cabernet Franc and Merlot are well worth a special effort to find.