2002 Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa was largely made from purchased fruit. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by intense aromas of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and acacia flowers. Whatever oak it initially possessed has been absorbed magnificently. Fleshy, precise and well-delineated, this is a beautiful wine of harmony, complexity and full-bodied authority. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Wine & Spirits
The full richness and dark cherry flavor finishes with spiciness; its overall feel has a clean, balanced ripeness. The dark fruit develops umami flavors of porcini with air, placing it with roast quail or duck with wild mushrooms.
Keenan is on Spring Mountain, and while it's not clear if the grapes are from there, this Cab tastes mountainy. It's young and tight in tannins, but with an enormously rich core of cassis and cherry fruit. The dry balance suggests ageability. Hold until 2007, and should drink well through this decade.