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Robert Keenan Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2011

Member Review by EMark:

Deep plum color. Woody, minty nose. Nice mouth feel. Some tannic astringency. Woody flavors. Balance and structure that I like. Definitely not fruity, and that might put some people off. Far from Keenan Carneros Merlot offerings that I've tried in the past. This is more like their robust Spring Mountain fruit that I really like.

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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 Robert Keenan Winery Napa Valley Merlot

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Snooth User: EMark
8478046,149
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/26/2012

Deep plum color. Woody, minty nose. Nice mouth feel. Some tannic astringency. Woody flavors. Balance and structure that I like. Definitely not fruity, and that might put some people off. Far from Keenan Carneros Merlot offerings that I've tried in the past. This is more like their robust Spring Mountain fruit that I really like.


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,149
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/11/2012

Slight volatile acid on the nose. Not much fruit hints. Something of a fungus hint. Fruit emerges on the tip of the tongue--and a strange "sweetness" (not like sugar and not from alcohol) around the mid-tongue. Some tannin, but not anything big. Pretty easy to drink, today, but I really don't think this is a layer-downer. I'm a little suprised that I don't like this one as much as the 2008 Carneros Keenan that I had a few months ago. I guess that's why we taste them. US$28.80 from the winery's club.


Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,966
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/10/2013

Dark red violet color; lifted, tart black fruit, herbs nose; tasty, tart black fruit, herbs palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ points


Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,966
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/10/2013

Medium dark ruby color; rich berry, plum nose; plush, berry, plum palate; medium-plus finish. 91 points


Snooth User: SDWineLover13
32231316
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/24/2008

This is a great Merlot. Aromas of dusty cocoa with concentrated flavors of dark berries and licorice with cocoa powder on the finish. A must buy for a Merlot in the low to mid $20 price point. This may push to 90 points with some aging and decanting. R.


4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 09/16/2007

Very juicy mouthful, with a heavy dark red fruit slap up front and a smooth finish. I think a bit more "kick" on the back end would make this a 4.5 or 5.


Snooth User: ricedipz
8782940
5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 09/13/2008

Five glasses


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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
Vintage: 2007 02/06/2013

The ?07 Merlot has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine open



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