2014 Keenan Napa MerlotMerlot from United States
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Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. Eleven acres of Merlot vines have been planted in the...
- 92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 88 Robert Parker
92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later given its mid-weight structure. "
88 Robert Parker
"The 2014 Merlot from Napa is a delicious, solidly constructed 100% Merlot that sells for a reasonable price. Chinese black tea, black cherry, mocha and some underbrush are all found in this medium-bodied, deliciously fruity, complex Merlot to drink over the next decade."
Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. Eleven acres of Merlot vines have been planted in the rocky soils surrounding the winery, and it is these vines that produce some of the finest Merlot in Napa. The vineyards are situated above the dense layer of fog that creeps up the Napa Valley most evenings. Consequently the vines warm up earlier in the morning and stay warm through the night. The combination of warm temperatures, steep hillside vine rows and gravelly soils promotes more stress on the vines leading to increased intensity in the finished wine. The 2014 Keenan Merlot is composed of eighty one percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Nineteen percent of the wine is Merlot fruit harvested from the Napa Carneros region. After hand harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed, then inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Fermentation ranged from ten to fourteen days. The ‘14 Merlot has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a “big” Merlot that will age for many years to come.
92 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
88 - Robert Parker
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather|