2009 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Merlot is a bigger, richer wine than the 2010, but it doesn't have that wine's finesse or vibrancy. Still, there is an immediacy and a juiciness in the 2009 that is highly appealing. Hints of sweet tobacco, crushed flowers and incense are layered into the expressive finish. The tannins remain a bit rough and polished within the context of the estate's finest wines. The Merlot is made from a combination of Spring Mountain and Carneros Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Wine & Spirits
Dark in tone, this is a plump, juicy merlot, its texture enriched by oak. A supple wine with a gamey, green-herb element in the background, this leaves a clean impression at the end. Built for a steak.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium-deep red. Musky raspberry, cherry, spices and cola on the nose, complicated by notes of mocha, tobacco and leather...
Dry and elegant, this has fine berry, currant and cola flavors that turn sweetly attractive on the finish. With its touch of earthiness, this should pair well with mushroom-based meat and poultry dishes.