Napa Valley Mernet, Carneros Reserve: A Proprietary Keenan Red Blend
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Keenan Napa Valley Merlot, Carneros

Keenan has purchased Merlot grapes from the Napa Carneros district for many years. The “Carneros” is the southern region of Napa closest to the San Pablo Bay and is known for producing high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Merlot grown in the Carneros tends to be very fruity and soft with distinctive spicy nuances.

Keenan began purchasing Merlot from the Carneros to blend with the estate Merlot grown on Spring Mountain. The two wines are a great match; the Carneros Merlot softens the dense, powerful wines produced from the estate grown fruit. But, in 1999 we were so happy with the quality and distinctiveness of our Carneros Merlot, we decided to bottle a small amount on its own. We continue to bottle a few hundred cases of Carneros Merlot most years.

Carneros Merlot shows jammy blackberry and raspberry aromas. Nuances of spice and cocoa emerge as the wine opens up. Silky mouth-feel and well-balanced structure allow it to show wonderfully with a variety of well seasoned dishes.



Wine Style

Red Wine




Spring Mountain District


0.63 grams/100ml



Bottling Date


Residual Sugar


Alcohol %



750 ml

Blue Cheese Buffalo Burgers

  • 3 Lbs of ground buffalo meat
  • 1/2 Cup of minced chives
  • 1 Jalapeño, finely minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon dried mustard
  • 4 Oz blue cheese – crumbled
  • 1 Can tomato paste
  • 1 Teaspoon ground rosemary
  • Combine all ingredients and then refrigerate for 1 hour. Form patties and grill. Serve on sour dough rolls with Keenan Napa Valley Merlot, Carneros. Awesome eats!

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