2010 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Merlot is an attractive, plump offering bursting with expressive fruit. Sweet, floral and spiced notes add lift on the finish in this mid-weight, vinous Merlot. This is a decidedly accessible wine for the vintage. It is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
Wine & Spirits
A blend focused on Keenan’s estate fruit from their Spring Mountain vineyard, this includes 29 percent of merlot grapes grown in Carneros. It’s a rich wine with power in its structure and tense tannins. There’s a fresh note of green herb that melds with black cherry flavors, then the wine turns toward its oak notes of chocolate and spice. Decant a bottle for grilled quail. (1,310 cases)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Varietally typical if rather cool aromas of redcurrant, plum, cherry, tobacco, loam, spices and menthol. Supple and moderately ripe, with a dusty texture to the red fruit and herb flavors. The light, dusty tannins turn a bit drier with aeration.