The Keenan family has been producing incredible Cabernet from the Spring Mountain District for over 40 years, and it just keeps getting better. This vintage is highlighted by cassis, violets and plum notes, with hints of bay leaves, lavender and cedar. The body is medium-structured, ripe and vibrant and then finish goes on for miles.
It isn’t often that we meet with a winery to taste and we’re floored by every single wine they present. This happens maybe 3 times a year. Candidly, that’s what happens every year when Michael Keenan comes to visit. Michael is the GM and winemaker at this outstanding Spring Mountain property, which his dad Robert Keenan resurrected from the bones of a 19th century ghost winery in 1977. Keenan has flown under the radar for a long time — that is until Bob Parker had something to say about it: “Keenan has been on a real high-quality roll for a number of years, and they are among my favorite wines in Napa Valley, combining power and complexity. They’ve certainly found their groove.” – Robert M. Parker, Jr. These wines have it all: balance, power, complexity, and that inimitable dusty, underbrushy, bay leaf <i>goût de terroir</i> of the Mayacamas Range.
Unquestionably the star of the show is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve which is all Spring Mountain fruit (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) aged 20 months in 33% new French oak. Blackcurrants, Asian spices, salty minerality, sandalwood, and loads of dark fruits emerge from this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated 2015 that’s going to keep for two decades.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain displays a deep garnet-purple color with lovely cassis, violets and warm plums notes plus hints of baking spices, bay leaves, lavender and cedar chest. Medium-bodied and firmly structured, it is ripe, vibrant and wonderfully layered with lively, crunchy fruit and fine-grained tannins, finishing long.