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2016 Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain District, December 2018

91+ Points:

“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

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2016 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 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

2016 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Spring Mountain District, 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.”

2016 Keenan Mernet, Reserve, Spring Mountain District, 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.”

2015 Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard, October, 2016

92 Points: 

“Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, scented of fresh plums and mulberries with delicate exotic spice and potpourri nuances plus a waft of underbrush, the 2015 Merlot Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve is full-bodied with good intensity of fruit and chewy tannins in the mouth, with a long, earthy finish”

2015 Keenan Chardonnay, Spring Mountain District, Issue # 228, December 2016

91 Points: 

“Keenan’s 2015 Chardonnay from Spring Mountain displays plenty of minerality, some citrus oil, and hints of tropical fruit and tangerine. It is medium to full-bodied , has intense flavors, great acid, and a long, clean, pure finish that lasts a good 30+ seconds. This is a beautiful Chardonnay to drink over the next 4-5 years.”

2014 Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain District, Issue #228 October, 2016

91 Points: 

“Keenan has always done a knock-out job with their Cabernet Franc, and their 2014 Cabernet Franc from their estate vineyards on Spring Mountain (100% of this variety) shows wonderful forest floor, white flowers, and raspberry and blueberry notes that clearly suggest a cool climate wine. Medium to full-bodied, with a beautiful deep ruby/purple color, and terrific purity and texture, this is a beauty to drink now or cellar for another 10-15 years.”

2014 Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard, Spring Mtn. Dist., Issue #222 December, 2016

93 Points: 

“The 2014 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard has traditionally been one of the top Merlots made in Northern California. Beautiful deep black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with some spice box and earth jump from the glass of this dense ruby/plum colored wine. It is rich, medium to full-bodied, pure, textured and serious. This is a beauty to drink over the next 12-15 years.”

2013 Cabernet Franc, Issue # 222, December 2015

94 Points: 

“One of Napa Valley’s most successful Cabernet Francs, Keenan’s 2013 Cabernet Franc, is 100% estate Cabernet Franc from their holdings on Spring Mountain. Beautiful blueberry and raspberry fruit interwoven with spring flowers jumps from the glass of this wonderfully balanced and elegant, yet authoritative wine. It is rich, medium to full-bodied, but at the same time ethereal and finesse-oriented. This is a great example of Cabernet Franc at its best, intense, but elegant. This should last for at least another decade.”

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Issue # 222, December 2013

95 Points: 

“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from their Spring Mountain estate has a more saturated purple color, beautiful texture, loads of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit and a touch of spring flowers. This is clearly mountain, cool-climate Cabernet with full body, sweet tannin and impressive purity. This beautiful wine from Robert Keenan can be drunk now or cellared for 20 or more years.”–Robert Parker

2013 Keenan Mernet, Reserve, Napa Valley, October 2015

95 Points: 

“The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Mernet Reserve is equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a saturated ruby/purple color, mostly sweet, rich blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with wild mountain flowers in the background. It’s pure and brilliantly hides any new oak. The wine is lush, medium to full bodied, long and well balanced. This is a beauty that should drink well for 15 or more years and is certainly one of the most interesting wines in the Keenan lineup.”

2012 Keenan Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard, Issue # 215, October 2014

94 Points: 

“This is a relatively limited production cuvée of 400 cases and is always one of Napa’s finest Merlots. Beautiful mocha, white chocolate, jammy black cherry and blackcurrant notes as well as forest floor nuances, are all present in this full-bodied opulent, terrific example of Merlot. This is Merlot at its most complex and this is certainly one of the top examples of this varietal in Northern California. Moreover, despite its accessibility, this wine should drink well for 15 or more years.”

2012 Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain, Issue # 215, October 2014

90 Points: 

“The 2012 Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain has good freshness and acidity, ripe raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, lovely texture and good vibrant acids. Only 480 cases were produced and the wine emerges from a relatively high elevation of their high-elevation estate vineyard (about 2,000 feet). Drink over the next 5-7 years.”

2012 Merlot, Napa Valley, Issue # 215, October 2014
“The 2012 Merlot Napa is solid, chunky, well-made Merlot, with a whiff of background oak, some mocha and black cherry fruit and a good finish.”

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Issue # 209, December 2013

90 Points:

 “The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. Surprisingly rich, ripe and heady with lots of black currant and black cherry fruit, no hint of herbaceousness or earthiness and medium to full body, this delicate, finesse-styled Cabernet is a noteworthy success in 2011. Given its fast evolutionary track, it should be consumed over the next 7-8 years..”

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Spring Mountain District, Issue # 209, December 2013
“The 2012 Merlot Napa is solid, chunky, well-made Merlot, with a whiff of background oak, some mocha and black cherry fruit and a good finish.”

2011 Mernet Reserve, Spring Mountain District, Issue # 209, December 2013

89 Points:

 “The 2011 Mernet Reserve is an equal part blend of Estate Merlot and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The dark plum/ruby/purple color is accompanied by aromas of espresso, black currants, licorice and underbrush. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied, but more monolithic, playing it closer to the vest than the 2010… Drink it over the next 8-10 years. years.”

2011 Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mtn. Dist., Issue # 209, December 2013
“The limited production 2011 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard exhibits more coffee and sweet cherry fruit notes as well as more fat and flesh,… charming, fruit-forward wine that is pure seduction. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.”