Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain District 2006

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Deep, rich aromas of sweet rhubarb, honeydew melon, dark cherry, raspberry, blackberry, banana custard and Irish crème, with hints of liverwurst, vanilla, cinnamon, cream cheese, and grass. This is a big and integrated wine on the palate with strong fruits and complex medleys of tastes that walk through the whole mouth with bold steps. Includes bursts of currant, dark cherry, blackberry, raspberry, vanilla, chocolate truffles and caramel. Smooth tannins support peppery, slightly smoky background without losing balance throughout. A full-mouthed, lingering finish that goes on and on. Grows stronger over four hours after uncorking.

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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
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RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

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09/13/2010

Deep, rich aromas of sweet rhubarb, honeydew melon, dark cherry, raspberry, blackberry, banana custard and Irish crème, with hints of liverwurst, vanilla, cinnamon, cream cheese, and grass. This is a big and integrated wine on the palate with strong fruits and complex medleys of tastes that walk through the whole mouth with bold steps. Includes bursts of currant, dark cherry, blackberry, raspberry, vanilla, chocolate truffles and caramel. Smooth tannins support peppery, slightly smoky background without losing balance throughout. A full-mouthed, lingering finish that goes on and on. Grows stronger over four hours after uncorking.




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