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2005 Robert Keenan - Mernet Reserve

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 106164-2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2005 Proprietary Red Mernet Reserve is an equal-part blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from their Spring Mountain vineyards. This is super-concentrated, but the incremental richness and ripeness build up. The wine is very young, youthful, but sadly, there are only 350 cases of it. Pure and rich, it offers blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, flowers, a hint of minerality, and a full-bodied mouthfeel, but striking elegance and purity. Forget this for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2009-2017
    Author: CBS Wine
Robert Keenan winery, founded in 1974, is situated in the rocky highlands of Spring Mountain. It is sited on the pre-prohibition property of the former Conradi Vineyard that operated here in the early part of the 20th century. Dedicated to three varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot - the second generation, family-owned winery makes nearly 10,000 cases annually. Nils Venge is winemaker.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 78 bottles owned
  • 18 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 18 collectors)