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KEENAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON "RESERVE", SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRICT NAPA VALLEY 2012
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the estate in Spring Mountain Vineyards is the thirty-sixth vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery. This wine has 7% Cabernet Franc added into the blend and 700 cases were produced. A blockbuster wine for sure, with an inky/purple color, sweet crème de cassis, graphite, chocolate a hint of charcoal and burning embers – almost as if it wanted to behave like a Graves from Bordeaux. This is full-bodied, very rich, powerful and still moderately tannic. It’s a baby for sure, but what an impressive one. This wine needs a good 3-4 years of bottle age and should keep well for 25-30 years at the minimum.
NVWE Notes: This gutsy jewel displays the structure expected from a great mountain vineyard in a great vintage. The nose is deep, focused and powerful, with black cherry, black raspberry, currant, black fig, violet, red rose, black tea and licorice root all standing out. It is as bold as expected on the palate, where the flavors are super-long and the texture almost chewy. The flavors include notes of briar, tobacco, leather, baking spices, cola, vanilla, black tea, cedar and foresty-minerally elements, which form a rich contrast to the wine’s grand core of black cherry fruit. Expect ten years of improvement and a long life. 700 cases produced.