Robert Keenan Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2011
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.Add winemaker's notes
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.
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.
Dark red violet color; lifted, tart black fruit, herbs nose; tasty, tart black fruit, herbs palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ points
Medium dark ruby color; rich berry, plum nose; plush, berry, plum palate; medium-plus finish. 91 points
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.
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.
External Reviews for Robert Keenan Winery Napa Valley Merlot
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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