2005 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
At the age of nearly four years, this mountain Cab remains vigorous in tannins, suggesting 4–6 additional years of aging. If you drink it now, decant. It’s a very good wine, rich in blackberries, black currants, herbs and cedar, with a very long, distinguished finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Primarily from estate vineyards, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits notes of ripe raspberries, blueberries, and kirsch interwoven with spicy oak, subtle wood, and earthy undertones. With silky tannin and decent acidity, this medium-bodied, elegant Cabernet should drink nicely for 10-15 years.
The 2005 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon has taken a huge step forward in that, for the first time, enough of the fruit (86% to be precise) is from the mountain and is designated as such. The rest of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Pope Valley, an up-and-coming area in its own right. Full of Bing cherry, cinnamon stick and pipe smoke, this has a nose packed full of goodness. Currants, both black and red, are on full display here alongside the highlights of pine and spearmint. Texturally the wine has a creaminess that never is overbearing or clumsy. Grippy but fine tannins hold this all together and will continue to do so for the next 10-12 years. (Bryan Brick, K&L)