Robert Keenan Winery

707-963-9177 3660 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
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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 Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain District 35th Anniversary 2011


    Beautiful dark purple color. Rustic woody nose, but, also, a hint of alcohol. On entry lots of dried fruit flavorraisins and prunes, but without the sweetness. Some of that road tar sensation. This, to me, brings in complexity after the fruity entry. Pretty serious unresolved tannins. I dont discount a wine just because of tannin. Tannin ... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2014


    Pale yellow color. Just a hint of tropical fruit on the nose. Lots of acid on introductionLemon with unripened pineapple. Some metallic hint. Another crisp and refreshing summer sipping wine, but I am of the opinion that this one is difficult to recommend a meal pairing with this one. Read More

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  • Looks like a good snag, Fox, and you've gotta put things in perspective:--five of those sparklers in place of one Goldeneye 10 Degrees--four of those sparklers in place of one of the Duckhorn merlots Substitute for two of those Duckhorns and you can have a decent party!Sorry, Al, but those prices for the juice they're delivering are just waaaaaa... Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001


    Dark purple color. Woodsy nose with, maybe, a suggestion of licorice. Interesting entry. I dont get any fruit sensation on the tip of the tonguesome heat, some tannin. Not until mid-palate do I get characteristic black currant suggestions. A bit of tartness on the back of the palate, but nothing terribly distracting. Its difficult to say ... Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 35th Anniversary 2011


    Quite dark in color. Woody, viny nose with a suggestion of olive. Initial mouth sensation is that this is pretty thin. Little or no fruit to speak of. Somewhat sour or weedy, but, then some oaky vanilla. Some leather and tobacco on the back of the palate. I normally expect Spring Mountain wines to be brutally tannic, but this one has surpri... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Cabernet Franc 2010


    Clear dark plum color in the glass. Bit of a chemical or mineral nose. Very assertive on entry. Not a lot of fruitmaybe, some blackberry, maybe, a suggestion of stone fruit. A lot of puckery dryness from tannin, but that also gives the suggestion of unsweetened cocoa. A mouth-filling, full-bodied wine. Definitely a big boys wine. Read More

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  • Keenan Napa Syrah Spring Mountain 2010


    Rustic nosewood, tobacco. Pleasant enough suggestion of red fruit on introduction. I might even suggest dried fruit--prune, dried cherrybut, somehow, not sweet. Mid to rear palate finds earthiness and some spice. Quite firm tanninthere is something of a pucker factorthat is nicely offset by acid. Read More

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  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999


    Opaque dark plum color. Black currant nose. Light on the currant fruit on the tongue. Some hits of tobacco, some coffee, some mushroomy fungal. Tannins are very much resolved. A bit more tart on the back of the palate than I would like to see, but that seems to resolve itself as the wine warms a bit. Very pleasant, though, fairly short fin... Read More

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  • Keenan Merlot Napa Valley 2012


    More fruitycherry--nose than Im used to from Keenan. It may be some suggestive power, but I also get cherrywood aroma. On the tongue/palate this to me seems to be a typical Spring Mountain (the majority of the fruit for this wine is from Keenans Spring Mountain estate vineyard, the rest is from the Carneros) red wine. Big and mouth filling. ... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Syrah Napa Valley 2011


    Something of a viney nose, a bit of black fruit aroma. On the tongue this initially seems to be a very austere winesome blackberry and black plum flavor, fairly tart, and not mouth-filling. Little or no tannin puckeriness. Quite surprising for a Spring Mountain red wine. Read More

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  • You can taste their wines, buy a bottle or two, then have your own picnic at the winery. Very cool.

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