Keenan Winery Wine Advocate Review Robert Parker Jr.

Robert Parker Jr.’s Wine Advocate

2015 Keenan Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard, Spring Mountain District, Issue # 233, October, 2017

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 Merlot, Napa Valley, Issue 233, October 2017

92 Points: “Medium garnet-purple in color and composed of 100% Merlot, the 2015 Merlot offers a plums, blackberries and dried flowers-scented nose with touches of mossy bark and garrigue. Showing good expression in the medium-bodied mouth with plenty of plumy fruit, it finishes long and spicy.”


2015 Keenan Cabernet Franc, Spring Mountain District, Issue #233, October 2017

94+ Points: “Produced from 100% Cabernet Franc and coming from the Spring Mountain District, the 2015 Cabernet Franc shows a medium to deep garnet-purple color with vibrant red currants and cherries scents over lovely roses, lilac and bouquet garni nuances with a touch of dusty earth. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and fresh with lovely perfumed fruit, it has a long, mineral-laced finish. Yum!”


2014 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Spring Mountain District, Issue 228, December 2016

95 Points“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain (97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, all sourced from their high-elevation vineyards on Spring Mountain) is the deepest, richest wine of the entire portfolio, with an opaque purple color and a super-pure nose of crème de cassis and blueberries. The wine is rich, full-bodied, nicely textured, and very long in the finish, with ripe tannins. It can be drunk now or cellared for another 15 or more years.”


2014 Keenan Mernet, Reserve, Spring Mountain District, Issue 228, December 2016

93 Points“Another Reserve cuvée, the equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is the 2014 Mernet Reserve. Deep opaque ruby/purple, with sweet crème de cassis and black cherry notes, some underbrush and forest floor, medium to full body, and outstanding purity and texture, it is not a big wine, but elegant, intense and authoritative. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.”


2014 Cabernet Franc, Issue # 228, December 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, 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.”


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.”


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.”

 

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