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2021 Merlot Napa Valley

Cherry | Blackberry | Cassis


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$58.00 per Bottle

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2021 Keenan Merlot Napa Valley

Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. Eleven acres of Merlot vines have been planted in the rocky soils surrounding the winery, and it is these vines that produce some of the finest Merlot in Napa. The vineyards are situated above the dense layer of fog that creeps up the Napa Valley most evenings. Consequently the vines warm up earlier in the morning and stay warm through the night. The combination of warm temperatures, steep hillside vine rows and gravelly soils promotes more stress on the vines leading to increased intensity in the finished wine.

The 2021 Keenan Merlot is composed of eighty-three percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Seventeen percent of the wine is Merlot fruit harvested from the Napa Carneros region. After hand harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed, then inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Fermentation ranged from ten to fourteen days.

The ‘21 Merlot has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a “big” Merlot that will age for many years to come.

James Suckling Wine Ratings

March 2024
92 Points

“Dark cherries, chocolate wafers, vanilla and sweet spices on the nose follow through to a medium to full body with creamy tannins. Round, fruit-driven and creamy, with a velvety texture. Caressing texture and a voluptuous finish. Drink or hold.” James Suckling

Wine Data

Size 750 ml
Vintage 2021
Alcohol 14.3%
pH 3.59
Residual Sugar Dry
Total Acidity 0.61 grams/100ml
Bottling Date June 29th, 2023
Production 1,536 cases
Appellation Napa Valley
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Merlot
Blend 100% Merlot