The 2016 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes grown on the Spring Mountain District estate, with a portion from Pope Valley to add a complexity of aroma and balance. This garnet gem has a firm hand and an earthy finish that will hold up well to grilled steak on Saturday night.
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.
f you like things oaky, then this will appeal with its slightly bourbon-like edge of freshly sawn wood and an array of herbs and brambly red to dark fruit. The palate offers ripe plums, laced in tight with assertive wood character and hints of toffee to close. The oak needs to settle in. Try from 2022.
Keenan's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is powerful and a bit rough around the edges although it is certainly not lacking in character. Dark red cherry, savory herb, earthiness, tobacco and cedar add to the wine's somewhat rustic personality, and yet there is more than enough depth in the fruit to balance things out. Medium to full in body, but very much classically built the 2016 has so much to offer, especially for readers who can look past a few small blemishes.