RESERVE TRIO – VIRTUAL WINE TASTING PACK – WINE DESCRIPTION – Keenan Winery
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2016 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Spring Mountain District

2016 marks the 40th vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery and the 16th consecutive vintage of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This year’s blend consists of 31% each of the Cabernet Sauvignon clones 337, 7 and 412 along with 7% Cabernet Franc. Deep aromatics, piercing and precise, a full rich saturated mouth feel, and a long lasting multi-layered finish define this exemplary blend. Enjoy now or decades from now. Cheers!
Michael Keenan

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

December 2018
94 Points

“Containing 7% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain offers up cassis, cedar, toast and earth on the nose with bay leaves, mint and chocolate nuances. Medium-bodied and elegant, it has firm, chewy tannins and is vibrant in the mouth, finishing with a minty lift.”—Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Antonio Galloni
Vinous

December 2018
96 Points

““…The 2016 brings together dense, unctuous fruit and terrific freshness. A classically built medium-bodied wine of the style that are seldom found in Napa Valley today. Hints of sage, lavender, espresso and menthol add aromatic intrigue, but it is the wine’s balance and sense of proportion that I find most alluring today. This is a fabulous showing from Robert Keenan.”–Antonio Galloni

2016 Keenan Mernet, Reserve, Spring Mountain District

2016 is our 18th consecutive vintage of “Mernet” (mare-nay) our proprietary marriage of Merlot and Cabernet. This year the blend is 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7 both varieties grown in our “Upper Bowl” vineyard. The resulting wine is a seamless blend with an emphasis on high-toned sweet delicious rich fruit with an almost hidden depth and structure. Enjoy now or decades from now.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous
December 2018
95 Points

”Another of the highlights in this range, the 2016 Red Blend Mernet Reserve is wonderfully dense and fleshy in the glass. Succulent red cherry and pomegranate fruit fill out as this succulent, racy blend shows off its alluring personality. The Mernet is impeccable in its balance.”—Antonio Galloni

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

December 2018
90+ Points

“Blended of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Mernet Reserve is scented of baked plums, blueberries, black cherries, earth and tobacco with pepper and herbs hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is very firm, chewy and muscular, finishing earthy.”

2016 Keenan Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard, Spring Mountain District

The Robert Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. We planted eleven acres of Merlot vines in the rocky soils surrounding the winery and we believe this mountainside vineyard produces some of the finest Merlot in all of Napa Valley. Sited above the dense layer of fog that creeps up the Napa Valley most evenings, the vineyard warms earlier in the morning and temperatures remain warm throughout the night. The combination of these warm temperatures, steep hillside vine rows, and gravelly soils promotes stress on the vines, leading to increased intensity of flavors and aromas in the finished wine.

For the fourteenth consecutive year the rechristened “Mailbox” vineyard has been chosen as the source for the Reserve Merlot bottling. Hints of violets and a signature earthy spiciness show in the nose, a chocolaty creaminess combines with the rich dark full fruit on the palette, the finish is beautifully layered, deep, elegant and very, very long. Drink now or decades from now.

Vinous
December 2018
92 Points

“ The 2016 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard is powerful, deep and resonant, and yet also retains a striking sense of classicism in its structural feel. Savory and floral notes add aromatic intrigue to this deceptively medium-bodied wine. Graphite, mint, lavender and black cherry are some of the many notes that develop as the 2016 opens up in the glass.” Antonio Galloni

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