Keenan… On A Real High Quality Roll
Rising to 2,000 feet in a saddle of the Mayacamas range, Keenan’s Spring Mountain estate grows cabernet and merlot with a distinctive balance of freshness and intensity.
We’re honored to present to you Michael’s newly released and highly acclaimed 2012 vintages. Keenan was awarded by Wine & Spirits Magazine one of the Top 100 Wineries in 2015.
Robert Keenan studied European history at Stanford and “he dove into the history of wine when my mom and her family introduced him to it,” says his son, Michael. “He joined the Chevalier du Tastevin with his father-in-law, and lectured us as kids.” The elder Keenan made his money in real estate and decided to invest some of it in vineyard land. “He knew he didn’t want to be in the valley,” Michael recalls, having worked the first vintage with his father in 1977. “His goal was to grow long-lived, complex wines and he liked the eastern exposure here – and the water (it’s called Spring Mountain for a reason). He wanted to dry farm everything.” Two decades later, after a career in construction, Michael Keenan came back to take over a vineyard ravaged by phylloxera. He’s redeveloped a collection of vineyards that prove his father chose a great site.
Keenan is one of only a handful of Napa growers with mountain chardonnay, farming six acres on a west-facing slope above his reservoir. He hasn’t irrigated those vines in 15 years and their “ridiculously” abundant crop suggests there’s a spring underneath the vineyard. He barrel ferments the fruit without malolactic, building the star-fruit flavors of the grape into earthier notes of bitter almonds, creating a pale white expression of this mountain site to contrast the reds.