2008 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1090020 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Merlot hardly gets richer than this. Just explodes in the mouth with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and chocolate truffle flavors. As sweet as it seems, it’s actually dry, with a wonderful edge of acidity.  (6/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Merlot, which is 80% estate Merlot blended with 20% Merlot from Carneros, possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as attractive aromas of cocoa, coffee, licorice and spice. This seductive, medium-bodied Merlot is not terribly long, but it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-10 years.  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

Keenan Winery is located in the Spring Mountain District, and 15 acres of Merlot vines are planted in the rocky soils surrounding the winery. The steep hillside rows of vines are situated on a site that is warm overall and produces rich and full-bodied Merlot. From the winery: "The ‘08 Merlot has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a 'big' Merlot that will age for many years to come."

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2013 | Send Email
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This wine is an invitation to linger and luxuriate in the odalisque opulence of Merlot, and given Keenan's amazing ability to caress and coax every velvety nuance from both its well-exposed Spring Mountain estate vines and lush, attractive Carneros fruit, you would do well to lay down a few bottles in your cellar for enjoyment over the next decade. Easily one of the finest domestic Merlots tasted this year, it exhibits expansive notes of ripe blackberries, dark cocoa, espresso bean and cassis.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3