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Keenan Spring Mountain Chardonnay 2005

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Notes on the Keenan Spring Mountain Chardonnay 2005 : WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 89 POINTS The non-malolactic 2005 Chardonnay was aged in both new wood and stainless steel. It offers fresh citrus, pear, and lanolin-like characteristics along with attractive minerality, crispness, and a lively personality. Consume it over the next 1-3 years. Michael Keenan has been pushing the quality of these offerings to exciting levels over the last several vintages, and this Spring Mountain winery is poised to garner more and more accolades from consumers for their impeccably made wines. WA # , #168 (Dec 2006) Drink 2006 - 2009 Robert ParkerNVWE NOTES: Firmly concentrated, zesty and already starting to reveal its richness, this fine mountain Chardonnay offers forward scents of apple, white peach and vanilla, with background suggestions of minerals, cloves and lemon custard. On the palate it shades its palate-coating richness with brisk fruit acidity, yet its delicious flavors of pear, apple, dried orange, vanilla and hints of dried coriander seed are expressive enough to easily carry the day. The finish lingers well and is crisply dry. If clearly age-worthy, this lovely and well priced bottling is delicious now and can be paired with a wide variety of foods. A classic example of the virtues of old fashioned (1960s-1970s era) Napa Valley winemaking. 2,050 cases produced.KEENAN SPRING MOUNTAIN CHARDONNAY 2005

Region: USA » California » Napa » Spring Mountain

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Spring Mountain Vineyard:
he new Spring Mountain Vineyard was once three separate properties each with its own vineyard and winery: Spring Mountain Vineyards (Miravalle) 257 acres, Chateau Chevalier (Chevalier) 120 acres, and Draper Vineyards (La Perla) 435 acres. The upper most property on the estate, La Perla, was founded in 1873 by Charles Lemme and expanded by the Schilling Spice family. Originally 285 acres it ha... Read more
he new Spring Mountain Vineyard was once three separate properties each with its own vineyard and winery: Spring Mountain Vineyards (Miravalle) 257 acres, Chateau Chevalier (Chevalier) 120 acres, and Draper Vineyards (La Perla) 435 acres. The upper most property on the estate, La Perla, was founded in 1873 by Charles Lemme and expanded by the Schilling Spice family. Originally 285 acres it had the first Cabernet Sauvignon planted on Spring Mountain. The old winery remains today along with much of its original equipment and horse drawn carriages and wagons. Immediately below La Perla, and eventually added to it was the first vineyard planted by Fredrick and Jacob Beringer in 1882. These terraced hillsides were planted in a wide assortment of grape varieties to support the Beringer brothers fledgling winery. Adjoining to the north of the Beringer vineyard was a Frenchman, Fortune Chevalier, whose stone winery, Chateau Chevalier, was making wine in 1891. And finally, next door to Chevalier was Tiburcio Parrott who grew olives, citrus and grapes. Parrott built a grand home on the estate which he named Miravalle. Read less

Notes on the Keenan Spring Mountain Chardonnay 2005 : WINE ADVOCATE REVIEW: 89 POINTS The non-malolactic 2005 Chardonnay was aged in both new wood and stainless steel. It offers fresh citrus, pear, and lanolin-like characteristics along with attractive minerality, crispness, and a lively personality. Consume it over the next 1-3 years. Michael Keenan has been pushing the quality of these offerings to exciting levels over the last several vintages, and this Spring Mountain winery is poised to garner more and more accolades from consumers for their impeccably made wines. WA # , #168 (Dec 2006) Drink 2006 - 2009 Robert ParkerNVWE NOTES: Firmly concentrated, zesty and already starting to reveal its richness, this fine mountain Chardonnay offers forward scents of apple, white peach and vanilla, with background suggestions of minerals, cloves and lemon custard. On the palate it shades its palate-coating richness with brisk fruit acidity, yet its delicious flavors of pear, apple, dried orange, vanilla and hints of dried coriander seed are expressive enough to easily carry the day. The finish lingers well and is crisply dry. If clearly age-worthy, this lovely and well priced bottling is delicious now and can be paired with a wide variety of foods. A classic example of the virtues of old fashioned (1960s-1970s era) Napa Valley winemaking. 2,050 cases produced.KEENAN SPRING MOUNTAIN CHARDONNAY 2005

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