2011 Keenan Merlot, Napa Valley, 750mL


2011 Keenan Merlot Napa Valley

Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. Eleven acres of Merlot vines have been planted in the rocky soils surrounding the winery, and it is these vines that produce some of the finest Merlot in Napa. The vineyards are situated above the dense layer of fog that creeps up the Napa Valley most evenings. Consequently the vines warm up earlier in the morning and stay warm through the night. The combination of warm temperatures, steep hillside vine rows and gravelly soils promotes more stress on the vines leading to increased intensity in the finished wine.

The 2011 Keenan Merlot is composed of eighty percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Twenty percent of the wine is Merlot fruit harvested from the Napa Carneros region. After hand harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed, then inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Fermentation ranged from ten to fourteen days.

The ‘11 Merlot has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a “big” Merlot that will age for many years to come.

Excerpt from Robert M. Parker, Jr. ,

The Wine Advocate

Issue # 209, December 2013
“The 2011 Merlot reveals a wonderful smoky espresso-scented nose with a hint of black cherry liqueur. … it is lush, velvety and endearing. I suspect most wine consumers may prefer this Merlot to some of the more concentrated vintages that require a few years of bottle age. This can be enjoyed in its first 3-4 years of life.”



  • Alcohol: 14.3%
  • Total Acidity: 0.57 grams/100 ml
  • pH: 3.63
  • Residual Sugar: Dry
  • Bottling Date: 7/9/2013
  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Blend: 
    80% Estate Spring Mountain District Merlot
    20% Napa Carneros Merlot
  • Production: 1,248 Cases
  • Bottle Size: 750 mL
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