2012 Keenan Merlot Carneros
Certain that mountain side vineyards in Napa Valley could produce world class wines, in 1974 Robert Keenan purchased 180 acres in the Spring Mountain District at an elevation of 1700 feet. Located on the eastern slope of the Mayacamas mountain range, Spring Mountain District gained recognition as an American Vineyard Appellation (AVA) in 1993.
The original acreage Robert acquired included the crumbling Peter Conradi Winery, founded in the late 19th Century. He built a new winery using the existing stonewalls from the old Conradi building, and celebrated Keenan Winery's first harvest there in 1977. When Michael Keenan took over leadership of the estate in 1998, he made the decision to replant the vineyards with an eye toward increasing grape quality.
Good Merlot can often seem workmanlike, this one satisfied to hit fragrant notes of ripe cherries with clarity. It's not pushed, and though there's oak present in the tannins, it frames the fruit well.
- 91 points Wine & Spirits
Combining estate grapes with others from cooler Carneros, this wine offers a dried herb component and plenty of pencil and cedar. Tannic and oaky before airing, it'll benefit from a decant.
- Wine Enthusiast.
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