2009 Keenan "Mailbox Vineyard" Reserve Spring Mountain District Merlot

SKU #1130084 92 points 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.  (12/2012)

90 points 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  (5/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (11/2012)

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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.

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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 (%): 14.8