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2016 Keenan Zinfandel Spring Mountain District
Keenan’s 2016 Zinfandel is made up of grapes grown primarily on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District estate. The Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nuances. Zinfandel grown in Calistoga makes up the remainder of the blend and supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas.
Once harvested, the grapes were de-stemmed then fermented in small lots. Primary fermentation lasted seven to ten days. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for eighteen months.
The finished wine shows intense black cherry and raspberry fruit in the nose, while hints of black pepper and vanilla add complexity. This is a rich, full-bodied Zinfandel that will accompany a wide array of foods, but we suggest gamey meats, grilled as a great match for the Keenan Zin.
Wine & Spirits Magazine
“Michael Keenan farms Zinfandel vines on an east-facing slope high up Spring Mountain that provide 80 percent of this wine (the parcels include five percent alicante and carignane). The balance comes from a vineyard Peter Nissen tends in Calistoga, where the vines are 70 years old. The combination yields a wine with intense dark fruit—it has the perfume of black cherries as their skins are just coming into ripeness. The minerally tannins are earthy, with a cola-like spice; their reduction seems to be tied to the site’s volcanic soils. It’s a wine with power and grace, built to age ten years or more. ”– Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits Magazine
2016 Keenan Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain District
This wine was produced exclusively from grapes grown on the Keenan Estate located in Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain District. Our two blocks of Cabernet Franc were harvested on September 17th and September 26th, 2016. The fruit was hand-picked then, after de-stemming, the must was inoculated with Montrachet yeast and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine aged in French and American oak barrels for twenty months.
“Freakishly good” is how we have come to describe this single vineyard Cabernet Franc from our highest elevation vineyard (approx. 2000′) aptly named the “Upper Bowl”. Cabernet Franc is simply not supposed to be this delicious. Enjoy now or decades from now.
Excerpt from Robert M. Parker, Jr. ,
The Wine Advocate
“ Made of 100% Cabernet Franc from the Spring Mountain District, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Franc offers up roses, cedar and forest floor with a core of raspberries, cherries, earth and mulberries plus nuances of pencil shavings and cinnamon. The palate is medium-bodied, soft and juicy with grainy tannins, finishing long and perfumed.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
Vinous, Antonio Galloni
“ The 2016 Cabernet Franc is a very pretty, gracious wine. Rose petal, cedar and sweet red berry fruit all lift from the glass. Medium in body and incredibly refined, the 2016 is another positively stellar wine in this range from Robert Keenan.”
2016 Syrah Napa Valley
The 2016 Keenan Syrah grapes were grown in the Coombsville and Atlas Peak regions of south eastern Napa. The grapes were picked late in the season, and then whole berry fermented in small half ton boxes. After fermentation the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for seventeen months.
The nose of the wine offers aromas of black cherry and blackberry along with underlying floral nuances. The texture is soft, yet the wine maintains wonderful structure. This is a versatile wine that will accompany a wide array of dishes.