2012 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc

SKU #1227939 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Franc Spring Mountain has good freshness and acidity, ripe raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, lovely texture and good vibrant acids. Only 480 cases were produced and the wine emerges from a relatively high elevation of their high-elevation estate vineyard (about 2,000 feet). Drink over the next 5-7 years. (RP)  (7/2014)

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It’s for good reason that Cabernet Sauvignon plantings dominate Napa Valley. But what happens when your estate isn’t suited to producing top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon on every planted acre? While the Keenan estate was originally planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Michael Keenan’s decision to uproot some of those vines in order to better match variety to vineyard site has resulted in the some of the best Merlot and Cabernet Franc produced in the Napa Valley.

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2016 | Send Email
The 2012 Keenan Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc is %100 Spring Mountain from their estate vineyard that sits at around 2000 feet above sea level. Beautiful blueberry and black fruit play harmoniously with the integrated herb, garrigue and tobacco. I don’t know if it’s the elevation, the soil type or sun exposure, but Michael Keenan choose the ideal site for his Cabernet Franc because the only word I can find to give it justice is seamless.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
This is what Napa Cabernet Franc should be. Not wanna be Merlot not Cabernet Sauvignon light, but honest Cab Franc. Aromatics that jump out of the glass, red and dark berries spice and earth almost as if it were perfumed. Medium to full bodied with just enough oak to frame the fruit and polish the tannin without overwhelming it. The dark zesty fruit lingers with a touch of spice on the finish. Yes it is not inexpensive but it is worth every penny.

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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