2009 Keenan Mernet, Reserve, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District 750ml


2009 Keenan Mernet, Reserve, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District

 2009 is our 11th consecutive vintage of "Mernet" (mare-nay) our proprietary marriage of Merlot and Cabernet. Each blend has been half Merlot and half Cabernet but no two wines have had the same vineyard combinations. This year the blend is 50% Mailbox Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon clone 15 and 10% Cabernet Franc. The resulting wine is a seamless blend of the three varietals with an emphasis on high-toned sweet delicious rich fruit with an almost hidden depth and structure to allow for indefinite aging. Enjoy now or decades from now.

Michael Keenan

Excerpt from Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s ,

The Wine Advocate

Issue # 198, December 2011
93 Points

"The 2009 Mernet Reserve is a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. It is one of the richer, deeper wines in this lineup. Dark fruit, licorice and tar emerge from the glass in this voluptuous red. The Mernet Reserve is made in a more forward style that emphasizes fruit rather than aromatic complexity or subtlety. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019."

Wine & Spirits Magazine
June 2013
92 Points
"A blend of merlot (50 percent, from the Mailbox Vineyard), cabernet sauvignon (40 percent) and cabernet franc, Mernet carries the dried-herb-and- manzanita scent of Napa Valley’s western hills. The wine has an outward brightness, sunny red currant and lush textures reined in by a firm, earthy structure. Approachable now with time in a decanter, this is built to age for a decade or more."

The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker, Jr.
93 Points 

Wine & Spirits Magazine
92 Points


  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Total Acidity: 0.58 grams/100 ml
  • pH: 3.83
  • Residual Sugar: Dry
  • Bottling Date: 8/18/2011
  • Varietal: Mernet
  • Blend: 50% Merlot Estate ”Mailbox Vineyard“, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Clone 15 and 10% Estate Cabernet Franc
  • Production: 500 Cases
  • Bottle Size: 750 mL
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