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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Robert Keenan Merlot 2008
Robert Keenan Merlot 2008
(search item no. 120480)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 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.
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About Robert Keenan:

High in the Mayacamas Range, at an elevation of 1,700 feet above the Napa Valley floor, are Spring Mountain and the Robert Keenan Winery and vineyards. This area was first identified as prime vineyard land by Peter Conradi in the late 19th century when he planted 100 acres of terraced vineyard in Zinfandel and Syrah grapes. The Conradi Winery operated until Prohibition when the vineyards and winery fell out of use. In 1974, Robert Keenan purchased 180 acres of forest on the defunct Conradi Winery site. No vines remained. Only the crumbling walls of the former winery and a few old broken tanks told of its history, but Robert was certain the mountain top vineyards would be perfect for an estate winery. He replaced tree stumps and rocks with rows of Cabernet and Chardonnay, hired an engineer to redesign the original winery structure, and brought in a contractor to begin construction. The winery was made operational just in time for the harvest of 1977. From that time on, Keenan has earned a great reputation for producing wines of intense character and renowned acclaim.

While the beauty and history of the land are appealing, it is the richness of the soils that makes the hillside perfect for an estate winery. These soils are, in great measure, responsible for the dramatic intensity of the fruit associated with the ultra-premium wines produced at Robert Keenan Winery. The winery recently completed a solar power system on their property. The system will supply all of the winery's power needs. The estate wines will carry the "Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed" phrase on the label.