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Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 35th Anniversary 2011

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90 points Robert Parker: The delicious, complex, dark ruby-colored 2011 Cabernet Franc (100% estate Cabernet Franc) exhibits blueberry, raspberry, lavender and forest floor notes in its medium-bodied, ethereal personality. With surprising intensity and power despite its delicacy, it is a delicious, complex, outstanding effort to enjoy over the next 5-6 years. (Oct 2013)

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Robert Keenan Winery:
High in the Mayacamas Range, at an elevation of 1,700 feet above the Napa Valley floor, are Spring Mountain and the Robert Keenan Winery and vineyards. This area was first identified as prime vineyard land by Peter Conradi in the late 19th century when he planted 100 acres of terraced vineyard in Zinfandel and Syrah grapes. The Conradi Winery operated until Prohibition when the vineyards and... Read more
High in the Mayacamas Range, at an elevation of 1,700 feet above the Napa Valley floor, are Spring Mountain and the Robert Keenan Winery and vineyards. This area was first identified as prime vineyard land by Peter Conradi in the late 19th century when he planted 100 acres of terraced vineyard in Zinfandel and Syrah grapes. The Conradi Winery operated until Prohibition when the vineyards and winery fell out of use. In 1974, Robert Keenan purchased 180 acres of forest on the defunct Conradi Winery site. No vines remained. Only the crumbling walls of the former winery and a few old broken tanks told of its history, but Robert was certain the mountain top vineyards would be perfect for an estate winery. He replaced tree stumps and rocks with rows of Cabernet and Chardonnay, hired an engineer to redesign the original winery structure, and brought in a contractor to begin construction. The winery was made operational just in time for the harvest of 1977. From that time on, Keenan has earned a great reputation for producing wines of intense character and renowned acclaim. Read less

Member Reviews for Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 35th Anniversary

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Snooth User: EMark
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4.00 5
09/25/2016

Beautiful dark purple color. Rustic woody nose, but, also, a hint of alcohol. On entry lots of dried fruit flavor—raisins and prunes, but without the sweetness. Some of that road tar sensation. This, to me, brings in complexity after the fruity entry. Pretty serious unresolved tannins. I don’t discount a wine just because of tannin. Tannin is a good thing. I think that there is sufficient tartness here to suggest that this wine can benefit from additional years in the bottle. Good today, but better in the future.



90 points Robert Parker: The delicious, complex, dark ruby-colored 2011 Cabernet Franc (100% estate Cabernet Franc) exhibits blueberry, raspberry, lavender and forest floor notes in its medium-bodied, ethereal personality. With surprising intensity and power despite its delicacy, it is a delicious, complex, outstanding effort to enjoy over the next 5-6 years. (Oct 2013)

425 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.3%

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