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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Michael Keenan's life changed forever in 1997 when his father, Robert Keenan, asked if he was interested in managing the Spring Mountain winery founded by Robert in 1974. Although several years had passed since he'd set foot on the property high on the Mayacamas mountain range of Napa Valley, Michael's first thought when he arrived at the winery... Read More

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  • Keenan Merlot Napa Valley 2010

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    Flowery nose suggesting violets, but also some red fruit and, maybe some herbdillscents. A hit of cherry on the tip of the tongue, but, thankfully, it passes quickly. Not as tannic as previous Keenan Napa Merlots that I have had. Overall, this is a round, easy to drink wine that most wine geeks would drink in secret while telling all their w... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Keenan Zinfandel Napa Valley 2011

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    Acidic tartness right from the introduction to the palate is very surprising. Relatively light-bodied compared to previous years examples. Minimal black berry fruit flavors. Minimal tannin, which is very surprising for this wine and this winery. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Keenan Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain Estate 2008

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    Very much a musty/viney nose. On the tongue you know this one is a brute. What black fruit may be detected by the tip of the tongue is there is swept away by earthiness and tobacco or dark chocolate flavors as the wine passes farther along the tongue and palate. Pair this one with your biggest beef roast meals. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Keenan Syrah Napa Valley 2009

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    Quite darkalmost PS darkin the glass. Something of a minty/flowery nose, but, then, some barnyard hints. Unobtrusive on introduction to the palate and tongue. Some currant or blackberry, some stone fruit, some mint. Still fairly tannic. Very nice acid. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2012

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    More oak in the nose than Im used to from this winery. On the palate, though, fruit is more apparent than buttery oak. Nice tartness that suggests lemon or grapefruit, peach, or, even, pineapple. I very refreshing wine whose flavor profile returns to right what I would expect from Keenan. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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  • Keenan Zinfandel Napa Valley 2010

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    Keenan winery is located on Spring Mountain--due west of St. Helena on the Napa Valley floor. It is, pretty much on a line between two of the best know AVAs for Zinfandel--Dry Creek Valley and Lodi. This wine is like a 50/50 blend of Zinfandel from DCV and Lodi. You get berry fruit, but nothing like the jammy stuff I seem to get a lot from Lo... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Keenan Merlot Carneros 2010

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    Very big nose--herbal stemmy aromas, some floral aromas. Fairly light on the tongue. Not big fruit going on here. Tip/edge of the tongue puckeriness from tannin happen pretty quickly. Current fruit eventually sneaks up on you. This is a wine to drink now. Lack of acid does not make this a candidate for cellaring. US$24.00 from the winery'... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Robert Keenan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2009

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    Strong nose, overly dry? Gritty, bitter, and fruity. [From "Cabernet Sauvignon" at Bin 105, Lincoln NE, 19 October 2013.] Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


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