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2018 Keenan Chardonnay Spring Mountain District

Keenan’s 2018 Chardonnay was hand-harvested, de-stemmed, then gently pressed. The juice was fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels. The wine was left on the lees and the barrels were stirred weekly. No secondary, or malolactic fermentation was carried out, leading to the crisp, citrus character of this wine. The wine was bottled after approximately seven months of aging in the cellar. The finished wine shows citrus, ripe pear, and green apple in the nose. Hints of lush white peach are noticed as the wine opens up. The sur-lie aging has added richness and complexity, and a touch of toasty oak returns on the finish. Like all of Keenan’s wines, this Chardonnay is a food worthy wine whose crisp acidity and medium body will accompany a wide variety of food cuisine.

Excerpt from Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s,
The Wine Advocate

November 2019

“The 2018 Chardonnay features notions of applesauce, honeydew melons, and warm apricots with touches of brioche, chopped almonds, and cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate has a refresh- ing line lifting the toasty/savory flavors, finishing on a fruity note.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2017 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 2017 Keenan Merlot is composed of sixty-eight percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Twenty-two 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 ‘17 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.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes grown on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District Estate; the remainder of the fruit was harvested from Pope Valley, a grape-growing region located in the eastern portion of Napa. Keenan’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested beginning on September 10th, with the final lot being picked on September 26th. After harvest, the fruit clusters were de-stemmed, then fermented for ten to fourteen days. The wine was barrel-aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak for twenty months. The blend was assembled just before bottling.

The Estate grown Cabernet imparts amazing concentration and remarkable structure, while the portion of Cabernet harvested from Pope Valley adds complex aromas and a balanced mid-palate.

Excerpt from Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s,
The Wine Advocate

December 2018
90 Points

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored with a plum, cassis and baked berries nose with violets, cedar, cigars, and earth. The medium to full-bodied mouth is firm and grainy with decent concentration and an earthy finish”– Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Vinous, Antonio Galloni
December 2018
91 Points

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