I have been a fan of Keenan wines for over twenty years. Keenan winery is located on Spring Mountain which is one of the unique areas for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot wines. Michael Keenan’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley is grown primarily from grapes on the Spring Mountain estate at 1700 foot elevation. The balance of fruit is from Pope Valley, to the east of Napa Valley.
One of the hallmarks of Keenan wines is his year to year consistency. This is due in part to the viticulture of the estate and the artistry of wine maker Nils Venge. I have enjoyed every wine he has made or acted as the consulting winemaker! The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented for ten to fourteen days and presents a beautifully deep robust color. The wine was aged for twenty months, with thirty-three percent being new French and American oak.
The wine offered on the eyes an intensely deep color on the eyes and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, both beautiful aromatics and blend of flowers and old world rustic dust/bramble. Additionally, raspberry provide sufficient fruit to entice one to take the first sip. In the mouth, the layers of complexity from both the estate and Pope Valley intermix to provide a mouthful flavor and mid lasting finish, with structure and defined but rounded tannins. It is currently still available at the winery for $84.