Keenan's 2004 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested relatively early, and yields were very light. The 2004 Merlot yields were the lowest we've seen in over a decade. The Merlot harvest began on September 6th and our final lot of Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on September 30th. After each lot was hand harvested, the
grapes were de-stemmed and then inoculated with
Montrachet yeast. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks and ranged from ten to fourteen days. The wines were aged in American and French oak barrels for eighteen months before bottling.
The resulting wine is a seamless blend of the two varietals with an emphasis on high-toned sweet delicious rich fruit with an almost hidden depth and structure to allow for indefinite aging. Enjoy now or decades from now.
"The profound 2004 Mernet Reserve is a 297-case blend of
equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This stunning
offering demonstrates just how far Keenan has come over
the last several years with their Bordeaux proprietary blend.
A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an
extraordinary perfume of black fruits, blueberries, licorice,
sweet leather, chocolate truffles, and espresso roast. Fullbodied, opulent, and dense, it is already approachable, but
should evolve for 15-20 years."
The Wine Advocate