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Keenan Napa Merlot Mailbox Vineyard 35th Anniversary Spring Mountain 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"The Robert Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. We planted eleven acres of Merlot vines in the rocky soils surrounding the winery and we believe this mountainside vineyard produces some of the finest Merlot in all of Napa Valley. Sited above the dense layer of fog that creeps up the Napa Valley most evenings, the vineyard warms earlier in the morning and temperatures remain warm throughout the night. The combination of these warm temperatures, steep hillside vine rows, and gravelly soils promotes stress on the vines, leading to increased intensity of flavors and aromas in the finished wine. 2011 marks the 9th consecutive year our Mailbox Vineyard has been selected as the source for the Keenan Reserve Merlot bottling. Situated on steeply terraced rows directly beneath the winery, the three-acre block produces exceptionally rich, deeply flavored fruit. 100% Merlot, the resulting wine offers hints of violets and the Mailbox Vineyard’s signature earthy spiciness in the nose. A chocolaty creaminess combines with the rich dark full fruit on the palate, and the finish is beautifully layered, deep, elegant, and extremely long. Truly long-lived, this wine can be enjoyed today or cellared to enjoy decades from now. Cheers!" - Michael Keenan

Region: USA » California » Napa » Spring Mountain

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Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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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

"The Robert Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. We planted eleven acres of Merlot vines in the rocky soils surrounding the winery and we believe this mountainside vineyard produces some of the finest Merlot in all of Napa Valley. Sited above the dense layer of fog that creeps up the Napa Valley most evenings, the vineyard warms earlier in the morning and temperatures remain warm throughout the night. The combination of these warm temperatures, steep hillside vine rows, and gravelly soils promotes stress on the vines, leading to increased intensity of flavors and aromas in the finished wine. 2011 marks the 9th consecutive year our Mailbox Vineyard has been selected as the source for the Keenan Reserve Merlot bottling. Situated on steeply terraced rows directly beneath the winery, the three-acre block produces exceptionally rich, deeply flavored fruit. 100% Merlot, the resulting wine offers hints of violets and the Mailbox Vineyard’s signature earthy spiciness in the nose. A chocolaty creaminess combines with the rich dark full fruit on the palate, and the finish is beautifully layered, deep, elegant, and extremely long. Truly long-lived, this wine can be enjoyed today or cellared to enjoy decades from now. Cheers!" - Michael Keenan

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