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2016 Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard

2016 Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard

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Vineyard Notes

2016 Keenan Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard, Spring Mountain District

The Robert Keenan Winery is located in Spring Mountain District, high in the Mayacamas mountain range above the town of Saint Helena. We planted eleven acres of Merlot vines in the rocky soils surrounding the winery and we believe this mountainside vineyard produces some of the finest Merlot in all of Napa Valley. Sited above the dense layer of fog that creeps up the Napa Valley most evenings, the vineyard warms earlier in the morning and temperatures remain warm throughout the night. The combination of these warm temperatures, steep hillside vine rows, and gravelly soils promotes stress on the vines, leading to increased intensity of flavors and aromas in the finished wine.

For the fourteenth consecutive year the rechristened “Mailbox” vineyard has been chosen as the source for the Reserve Merlot bottling. Hints of violets and a signature earthy spiciness show in the nose, a chocolaty creaminess combines with the rich dark full fruit on the palette, the finish is beautifully layered, deep, elegant and very, very long. Drink now or decades from now.

Vinous

December 2018
92 Points

“ The 2016 Merlot Reserve Mailbox Vineyard is powerful, deep and resonant, and yet also retains a striking sense of classicism in its structural feel. Savory and floral notes add aromatic intrigue to this deceptively medium-bodied wine. Graphite, mint, lavender and black cherry are some of the many notes that develop as the 2016 opens up in the glass.” Antonio Galloni

Production Notes

500 cases
Vintage 2016
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Merlot
Varietal Composition 100% Merlot
Appellation Spring Mountain District
Acid 0.58 grams/100ml
PH 3.72
Bottling Date 7/12/2018
Residual Sugar Dry
Alcohol % 14.3%
Size 750 ml