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Keenan Chardonnay 2006

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The 2006 Chardonnay was hand harvested, de-stemmed, then gently pressed. Twenty percent of the juice was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, while eighty percent was fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels. No secondary, or malolactic fermentation was carried out, leading to the crisp, citrus character of this wine. The portion of Chardonnay aged in barrel was left on its lees and stirred weekly. The wine was bottled after approximately seven months of aging in the cellar. The finished wine shows citrus, ripe pear and green apple in the nose. Hints of lush white peach are noticed as the wine opens up. The sur-lie aging has added richness and complexity, a touch of oak character returns on the finish as well as a hint of minerality. Like all of Keenan’s wines, this Chardonnay is a food worthy wine whose crisp acidity and medium body will accompany a wide variety of food fare.

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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 Chardonnay

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,448
3.50 5
03/01/2009

Lively Chardonnay that reminds me more of Sonoma Coast. Lots of citrus in the nose (lemon, lime) and a bit of corn nut. Lively taste with some honey and citrus. Had some richness to it but balanced with good acidity. Nice finish to it.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,448
0.00 5
04/04/2009

Second time tasting this in two months. Tropical fruit in the nose; pineapple and kiwi. Rich, smooth wine with good acid and medium finish. Hints of Citrus.


Snooth User: thewineattic
163357298
4.00 5
06/24/2009

The Keenan never fails. This 06 Char is at its peak. It is delicious with the summer's hot breezes. Lots of tropical fruit, nice acid balance and clean, crisp finish. Delightful sipping by itself or paired with grilled chicken and my favorite spicey mango salsa.



The 2006 Chardonnay was hand harvested, de-stemmed, then gently pressed. Twenty percent of the juice was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, while eighty percent was fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels. No secondary, or malolactic fermentation was carried out, leading to the crisp, citrus character of this wine. The portion of Chardonnay aged in barrel was left on its lees and stirred weekly. The wine was bottled after approximately seven months of aging in the cellar. The finished wine shows citrus, ripe pear and green apple in the nose. Hints of lush white peach are noticed as the wine opens up. The sur-lie aging has added richness and complexity, a touch of oak character returns on the finish as well as a hint of minerality. Like all of Keenan’s wines, this Chardonnay is a food worthy wine whose crisp acidity and medium body will accompany a wide variety of food fare.

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