Michael Keenan will be the first to tell you not to worry about ratings. Just follow your tongue. Taste is very personal, and—just as it would be wrong for Laura March to tell Matt Gardner that mangoes are the best fruit on earth, when he prefers grapes—no one can tell another person which wines are the best. Of course, it can be helpful to hear a description of a wine you’ve never tasted before. In a sense, that is the service these reviewers have provided. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit our tasting room, and want to try something new, this can help you discern which wines might align well with your wine tasting profile.
That said, we are very proud that our wines do receive wide acclaim in Napa Valley, CA; the United States; and the entire world. The reviews we have received from The Bon Vivant, Antonio Galloni, Houston Chronicle, and others have been positive and humbling for us here at Keenan Winery. These wine reviews motivate our Keenan Team to do our best during the wine making process in order to continue to create the wines for which we are known. Below are brief descriptions of the various wine publishers.
The Wine Advocate founded by Robert Parker Jr. in 1978, has over 50,000 subscribers and has been a major influence in wine circles. In the last twelve vintages, over 60 of our wines have been rated between 90 and 97 points by Robert Parker Jr. of the Wine Advocate. See Chart
Vinous is a website dedicated to modern day wine publications with a team of renowned critics. Antonio Galloni, the founder of the website, has frequently reviewed and praised our wines.
Wines and Spirits Magazine was founded in 1982 and continues to be a popular source for American wine consumers. The periodical explores everything from wine critiques to pairings and the viticulture process.
B-21 Wine Company was founded in 1948 and has maintained longstanding relationships with various wineries around the world. Bob Sprentall, who reviews our wines periodically, studied wine and joined the family business in 1979.
Houston Chronicle is one of the largest news organizations in Texas, founded in 1901. The wine columnist who reviewed our wine, Dale Robertson, has been in columnist for the Houston Chronicle for over 25 years.
Northbay Biz magazine is a monthly publication that focuses on local businesses in Napa, Sonoma, and Marin counties. Founded in 1975, Northbay Biz discusses various aspects of the wine industry as well as publish reviews,.
Decanter magazine was founded in 1975 in London, England. It is the oldest wine publication in the United Kingdom created for consumers. Steven Spurrier is Decanter consultant editor who has been in the wine industry since 1964 and had written several books on wine in the 1980s.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine was founded in 1988 and continues to be a source for critiques and tips. Jim Gordon, who reviewed our wine linked on our website, has been an editor and reporter on the wine industry for over 30 years and is a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Bon Vivant is a food and wine blog that explores both at a global scale and is an offshoot of the Bon Vivant magazine. Readers are able to find wine destinations and gather tips on food and the wine that pairs with them.
We hope you’ll enjoy these reviews, but remember that your own opinion is even more important. We’d love to hear from you! Write us on Facebook or visit us in the tasting room and tell us what you think!