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Robert Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Really profound blackberry jam on the nose is topped with a slightly herbal note, along with hints of smoke, tar, blueberry and violets. In the mouth, this is soft up front with a nice medium-bodied feel that flows across the palate delivering nice cut cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Nicely done, really showing nice detail, with fine acids and slightly fuzzy tannins that linger on the palate with hard blackberry candy notes. This is still a bit wrapped up in itself and feels a touch chunky on the mid palate but unfolds nicely on the moderately long finish. Give it some time. 92pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Robert Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/27/2013

Really profound blackberry jam on the nose is topped with a slightly herbal note, along with hints of smoke, tar, blueberry and violets. In the mouth, this is soft up front with a nice medium-bodied feel that flows across the palate delivering nice cut cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Nicely done, really showing nice detail, with fine acids and slightly fuzzy tannins that linger on the palate with hard blackberry candy notes. This is still a bit wrapped up in itself and feels a touch chunky on the mid palate but unfolds nicely on the moderately long finish. Give it some time. 92pts


Member Reviews for Robert Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain

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Snooth User: Nathan P
261632885
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/01/2013

Strong nose, overly dry? Gritty, bitter, and fruity. [From "Cabernet Sauvignon" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 19 October 2013.]


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,467
2.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/22/2017

Nose is of olive and Indian spices. Whoa! A tannic beast. Definitely the antonym of a “spoofed, fruit-forward Napa Cab.” Quite light on the dark currant fruit, but then the tannin really smacks you. Vininess mid-palate. Really unfortunate bitterness on the rear palate. I think that’s from the tannin.


Snooth User: andrewjkeller
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/30/2010

its a bold cab with a lot of alcohol. seems like you could pair it with some strong flavors and it would hold its own.


0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/15/2009

This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Diamond Series selection. 94+ Points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate – “A beautiful wine, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts classic crème de cassis, cedar, tobacco leaf, spice box, and pain grille aromas and flavors. This impeccably made, full-bodied, super-concentrated Cabernet reveals good delineation and freshness as well as surprising definition and elegance for a wine of such power and intensity. If you haven’t discovered the wines of Robert Keenan, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon as quality appears to go from strength to strength.” 5 out of 5 Stars, Decanter magazine


Snooth User: Roger T
3798215
1.50 5
Vintage: 2004 02/10/2010

One and a half glasses


Snooth User: iamjasonmann
14127850
3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 03/05/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Robert Keenan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain

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Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (100% estate Cabernet Sauvignon) screams black currants and blueberries in a full-bodied fresh vibrant high energy style. The color is a deep purple and the wine possesses brilliant focus impressive purity and a freshness that belies its power (14.9% alcohol) and concentration. A beauty of elegance and authority it should drink well for 15-20 years. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Vintage: 2007 10/15/2011

Red-ruby. Blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite, cocoa powder and violet on the nose. Suave and smooth but powerful too, with very good acidity framing and intensifying the concentrated dark fruit flavors. Finishes quite long and subtle, with ... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 08/04/2011

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, a sleeper of the vintage, exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with plenty of crushed rock, black currant, black raspberry, white chocolate, and earth characteristics.


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Vintage: 2007 02/06/2013

The Spring Mountain fruit is deep and dark in its plumminess, with an intense minerality that streaks through the entire wine, as if you can taste the elevation rising into the finish.


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Vintage: 2007 06/01/2011

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 06/07/2011

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, a sleeper of the vintage, exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with plenty of crushed rock, black currant, black raspberry, white chocolate, and earth characteristics. A supple texture, beautiful concentration, and... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain 750ml


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Vintage: 2006 10/26/2010

An outrageous wine is the 2006 Mernet Reserve, a 350-case blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a Spring Mountain version of the famed Bordeaux St.-Emilion, Cheval Blanc. Sweet, rich aromas of subtle menthol, ro... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Robert Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve 750ml


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