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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Keenan Merlot Napa Valley 30th Anniversary 2006

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Keenan Merlot Napa Valley 30th Anniversary 2006

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    Very dark, deep plum color. Some earthiness on the nose, som prune hints slight alcoholic volativity. Initial mouth sensation seem unusual for merlot: almost sweet, some mint, then comes some oak. As the wine moves over the palate, very puckery tannin is detected around the edge of the tongue. Nice acidic tartness. Mint sensation returns o... Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010

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    Very fruity--peach, tropical, maybe some lemon--on the nose. Fruit pops up, immediately, in the mouth, then some oak, with the dreaded butter, but that quickly diminishes. Nice acid pops up which makes this wine quite refreshing. A little something bitter at the back of the throar, but the finish, overall, is quite satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Keenan Zinfandel Napa Valley 2008

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    Deep dark color. Moderate aromatics--somewhat plummy, berryish. Fairly mellow on the tip of the tongue. Flavors include blackberry and mint. Fairly light on the tannin. This is not a big Zin, but it is very drinkable. I will certainly enjoy it with my meal, tonight, but this is a red wine that can be sipped, excuse me, gulped, by itself. U... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2008

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    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 supr... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • There hasn't been one of these threads here in quite some time so I thought I'd start it up again. Weather is warm here so I popped a Rosé.What are you drinking? Read More

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  • Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley 2008

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Robert Keenan Cab Franc Napa Valley County 2005

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  • Robert Keenan Napa Valley Reserve Merlot Merlot Napa Valley Spring Mountain District 2003

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    Full disclosure, I am not a merlot guy. This is not your father's merlot. This is a big FULL BODIED wine as complex as any Napa Valley high dollar cab. Dark red in the glass with very little light coming through. Hint of mint in the bouquet. On the palate fills the mouth with multiple levels of flavors. Quite a bit of tannin indicates that... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


  • Robert Keenan Winery Zinfandel Napa Valley 2007

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    Nice red/purple color. Woody, nutty "bouquet." Big mouth-filling flavor--blackberries. Significance tannins indicating aging potention (rats this is the only bottle I have). Very good big zin. Winery notes rcommended it be served with grilled meats. I agree. I enjoyed it with grilled porterhouse steak, grilled Mexican onions, grilled marin... Read More

    Wine review by 847804EMark 847804 EMark


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