The 2018 Keenan Chardonnay offers tremendous value in this complex, mountain-grown wine. It has an intriguing, layered style with an earthy, tannic briskness. Crisp, citrus flavors range from lime to yellow apple and hold up well against the French and American oak in which it aged. Like all of Keenan’s wines, it’s designed to be enjoyed with a fine meal in good company.
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.
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Michael Keenan farms a large block of chardonnay adjacent to his winery on Spring Mountain, the vines planted in 1995, close enough to underground springs that they provide an abundant crop without irrigation. His 2018 is intriguing and layered, a complex mountain-grown chardonnay with an earthy tannic briskness to sustain it. The flavors range from lime to yellow apple and green plum, firm enough to absorb the oak in which it aged, and to last, with the cool pallor of a morning-sun wine.