Style
Red
Type

Still

Winemaker

Michael Keenan

Varieties

Merlot

Viticulture

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. Composed of eighty percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Twenty percent of the wine is Merlot fruit harvested from the Napa Carneros region. Hand harvested.

Soil

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.

Vinification

De-stemmed, then inoculated with Montrachet yeast. Fermentation ranged from ten to fourteen days.

Aging

Aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months.

Available Sizes (L)

0.750