2009 Keenan "Mailbox Vineyard" Reserve Spring Mountain District Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sweet, dark cherries, tobacco, flowers and leather all come to life in the 2009 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard. The 2009 is a terrific wine with plenty of mid-palate pliancy and depth, although it can’t match the energy or vibrancy of the 2010, unfair as that comparison may be. The 2009 Reserve should enjoy a fairly wide and long drinking window. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2029.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Brooding, medicinal aromas of dark cherry and licorice. A step up in density and concentration from the basic 2008 merlot bottling, youthfully medicinal today but with a distinctly chewy quality to its currant and chocolate flavors. With more stuffing to support its spine, this has the structure to reward some time in bottle
Appealing for its sheer wealth of flavor, this is very rich and forward, with notes of jammy red cherries, red currants and mocha. It’s a little soft and sweet, and it doesn’t seem to have the structure for the long term. Drink now-2015.