2005 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1048838 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (8/2009)

90 points 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.  (12/2007)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2009 | Send Email
When I'm drinking Cabernet if it's not Bordeaux it's usually from the Spring Mountain District of Napa. Keenan is a super-high quality producer making beautifully structured wines that have tons of up front fruit and a wonderful sense of balance. This has sweet dark fruit, a creamy, polished texture and super-fine, ripe tannins supporting the long finish. This wine can hold its own against classified growth Bordeaux that cost twice as much. A rare bargain from an area known for expensive wines.

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2009 | Send Email
Complex and concentrated, with dark fruit, earth and a mineral edge, the 2005 is a gorgeous Cabernet. Varietally correct, with the oak well-balanced, there are few comparisons coming out of Napa for this price.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.