In 1974, certain that mountainside vineyards in Napa Valley could produce world class wines, Robert Keenan purchased 180 acres in the Spring Mountain District at an elevation of 1,700 feet. The original acreage Robert acquired included the crumbling Peter Conradi Winery, founded in the late 19th century and one of the first pioneering properties established on Spring Mountain. Peter Conradi had originally planted the vineyards to Zinfandel and Syrah, but they declined when the property was abandoned during Prohibition. By the time Keenan arrived in 1974, none of the original vineyards were producing. Robert cleared the estate of tree stumps and rocks, extended the original vineyard acreage and replanted the property to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. He built a new winery using the existing stone walls from the old Conradi building, and celebrated Keenan Winery’s first harvest there in 1977.
When Michael Keenan took over leadership of the estate in 1998, the vineyards were replanted with an eye toward increasing grape quality. Since 2007, the estate uses a solar power system to supply energy needs for this “green” winery.
Keenan Winery produces distinctive wines exclusively from grapes grown on the Spring Mountain Estate: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Cabernet Franc and a Merlot Reserve from the Mailbox Vineyard. Keenan also offers wines produced from estate fruit blended with grapes grown in carefully selected Napa Valley vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and the Mernet Reserve, which is a proprietary blend. The Summer Blend, an annual spring release, is composed of mostly Chardonnay and blended with small amounts of Viognier and Albarino.
At first open, aromas of citrus, ripe pear, green apple and honeysuckle delight the nose. Scents of white peach, almond and beeswax unfold as more air reaches the wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp acidity.
This wine is light and fresh with aromas of ripe peach, lemon zest and pineapple, augmented by floral undertones. Drink it any time of year to bring back those warm, summer memories.
Aged in 33% new French and American oak barrels, this wine exudes intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine fully opens.
Hints of violets, fresh plums, mulberry and a signature earthy spiciness show in the nose, while a chocolatey creaminess combines with the rich, dark fruit on the palate.
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This estate wine is deeply aromatic, featuring notes of violet, cassis and warm plums, with hints of lavender, baking spices and cedar. On the palate, it has a full, rich saturated mouth
The nose of this vibrant wine is floral and fruity, with aromas of lilac and roses overlaying dark red fruits like currant and cherry, following through onto the palate.
ntense black cherry and raspberry fruit aromas explode on the nose, while hints of black pepper and vanilla add a delightful complexity.
This lovely Syrah boasts a nose offering notes of black cherry and blackberry, with underlying floral nuances. The texture is soft, yet the wine maintains a wonderful structure.
This wine is a seamless blend with high-toned sweet and rich fruit emphasis. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, mulberry, flowers and herbs dominate this delicious, earthy wine.