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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2005

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    Very pretty plum color in the glass. A lot happening on the nose--berry, anise, menthol. Honest to gosh my first tongue sensation was bubble gum. Thankfully that dissipated quickly. I do still get some of those herbal things that were detected in the nose. A quite sturdy wine--from nice tannin and acid. A very good wine. $73.00 from the w... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2011

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    HInts of melon and apple on the nose. VERY CRISP AND REFRESHING initial palate sensation. Yes, I can tast the melon and tart apple. Tart apple implies acid and this wine has it in a very satisfying way. This is clearly a food wine. We're having grilled salmon, later. US$24.80 from the winery club. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • So I am going to Napa tomorrow for a few days.  I have some prearranged plans that cannot be changed, but have some limited  time for tasting.As "napagirl", I should already know exactly where to go.  The problem is, I get stuck into that rut of going to the ones I like, the old faves, over and over.  I would love to hear your recommendations an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Impromptu Napa trip... Where...


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2007

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

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2008

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

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Spring Mountain District Reserve Mailbox Vineyard 2007

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    Dark ruby color; lovely, ripe plum, berry, ripe currant nose; tasty, rich but poised, ripe currant, plum palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Spring Mountain District Reserve Mailbox Vineyard 2009

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    Dark red violet color; nice herbs, tart black fruit nose; tight, tart black fruit, herbaceous palate; medium-plus finish. (20 months in French oak; 14.3% alcohol) 93+points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine


  • In 2004, the movie Sideways put a major dent in California Merlot sales when ... alcohol) 93 points  2. Robert Keenan Winery Estate WinesKeenan has a long tradition, since 1974, and currently produces 14,000 cases. The estate vineyards are focused on just three varieties—Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot—and this is their particularly ... Read More

    From the article Napa Merlots


  • Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2009

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    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 ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • France may have established that the grapes of Bordeaux go very well together, ... Merlot). 92+ points 12. Robert Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve (Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District) - Robert Keenan originally purchased the property on Spring Mountain in 1974 and planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Their first vintage was 1977. Robert’s... Read More

    From the article Top 15 California Bordeaux Blend Wines Under $125


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