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Keenan Winery

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Rating: C
Feb 4th, 2006
3660 Spring Mountain Road, St Helena, CA 94574

Phone: 707 963 9177

Hours: Open 11am - 4pm Weekends

Club/Discounts: 25% Discount

Tasting Fees: No fee

June 19th 2010: We went to the Keenan Open House which really is an incredible event. Live band, really great food from oysters to tacos to lamb chops, and of course endless amounts of wine. This is our second year going to the Open House and we really do recommend attending. Feb 4th 2006: Keenan focuses on three varietals - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and produces nearly 10000 cases per year. Their wines have been receiving a lot of attention from wine critics lately, so we had to call by to see what all the fuss is about. The winery itself is located in a beautiful area off Spring Mountain Road where they have 50 acres under vine. The tasting room is large and can cater to a big crowd, although very dark. I am amazed there were no windows looking out over the vineyards. We were not overly impressed by the service but we put that down to it being late in the day, there were a lot of people there and only one person working. We enjoyed the wines, particularly the 2002 Cabernet and would like to call in to the winery again, but earlier in the day.

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2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)Rating: C
Sep 30th, 2005
      Best Wine - September, 2005

Tasty - needs to be saved for a few years. 07/30/09 - Just opened up the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon and it is a very nice wine. Definitely needed a few years in the bottle and I am just annoyed I did not buy more at the time. Still got good fruit and long finish. Could go a few more years. Beautiful nose and deep garnet color
2004 Reserve Merlot ($60)Rating: C
Aug 19th, 2007
Huge Merlot - 300 cases
2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)Rating: B-C
Feb 4th, 2006
A very nice Cab with lots of fruit and a great finish with lots of tannins. This wine needs time. It should be very good in a few years. Robert Parker gave it 92 points if that means anything
2005 Reserve Merlot ($60)Rating: B-C
Aug 24th, 2008
Chewier than the regular Merlot, although tannins are not balanced yet.
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ($96)Rating: B-C
Jun 21st, 2010
The prices of some of the Keenan wines have really gone crazy, especially in these tough economic times. The 2006 Reserve Cabernet is another example of a very expensive Cabernet. It is a nice wine, dark ruby red, good tannins but definitely not worth $96
2006 Side by Side, Spring Mountain ($116)Rating: B-C
Jun 21st, 2010
50% Cab Franc, 50% Merlot. Long tannins. Definitely not a $116 wine - you would be crazy to spend this amount on it as there are way better wines for a lot cheaper
2002 Carneros Merlot ($25)Rating: B
Feb 4th, 2006
Won a "Best Merlot, Double Gold" at the SF International Wine Competition in 2005. I thought it was average. A nice mid-week wine
2002 Napa Valley Merlot ($32)Rating: B
Sep 7th, 2008
Tannins have softened, but still overpowering the fruit, not bad, but not memorable Feb 04, 2006: A-B We got a lot of comments on the smell of this wine: "Smells like cow manure", "A cow just backed up into my face" . Dave didn't like it. Shane enjoyed it.

This was our 7th winery visit in one day so we should try this wine again.
2003 Napa Valley Merlot ($34)Rating: B
Feb 9th, 2007
Sharp with top of mouth flavours. Very fruit forward, but the tannins are overpowering.
2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45)Rating: B
Aug 24th, 2008
Lots of berries and tannins, short-medium finish.
2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2010
Medium body Cabernet with smooth tannins. An average Cabernet - better value out there
2005 Napa Valley Merlot ($36)Rating: B
Aug 24th, 2008
Nice fruit, drinkable
2006 Napa Valley Merlot ($36)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2010
I wasn't hugely impressed with the 2006 Merlot. Upfront good fruit but did not have a lot of structure
2005 Cabernet Franc ($50)Rating: A-B
Aug 24th, 2008
Short and no punch, disappointing at this price from this winery.
2003 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($26)Rating: A
Feb 4th, 2006
Ouch. No thanks. Very sharp

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