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2008 Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley
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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

Dark red.  Bitter cherry, plum, licorice and menthol on the nose and palate, lifted by spices and fresh herbs.  A bit narrow on the palate, with pronounced licorice and herbal notes, but also shows good lift and definition.  With modest stuffing, the tannins turn a bit dusty and dry with air.

88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Nothing Sideways
03/24/2013
by Jones11690321
This is definitely a Napa wine. Brought back memories of numerous trips through the valley stopping and tasting the offerings of many great winery's in the late 80s and early 90s. Nose was lush and fruity. This merlot is not the flabby and bland wine panned in the movie Sideways. This is a well structured red that can hold its own with many well regarded Napa cabernets. Having lived in California for 12 years I am biased to the fruit and spice present in this wine combined with a solid tannic backbone.
Solid Merlot
02/07/2013
by Martin13794161
A very good merlot and good value.
11/24/2012
by Rhone278449
It is nothing special the wine shops are full of stuff like it. Have not tried the other two yet. Kevin Rowe

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Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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