2007 Robert Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve Napa Valley

2007 Robert Keenan Winery Mernet Reserve Napa Valley

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97 Points Wine Advocate
91 Points Vinous Media

Customer Ratings

Based on 67 ratings
an excellent wine

I loved this red. Mernet is now a new favorite; however, my budget cannot handle wines of this price too often. The body and structure of a cabernet without the tannins. The smooth and velvety texture and finish of a merlot... a great combination!

Very good now, but what's in store later?

I opened this bottle knowing full well it was sooner than I ordinarily drink reds. My hope was the high proportion of merlot and the fruit-forward nature of the 2007 cabernet would make this approachable (and not cause me to second-guess my decision). I poured the wine through a vinerator and allowed it to open in the glass over the course of the evening. This was a very good bottle and hit the spot alongside some grilled grass-fed rib eyes. I will sit tight on my remaining bottles though; they will undoubtedly get better over the next several years. If I could give this four and a half stars, I would. I'm convinced this wine hasn't yet shown all its stuff and may warrant a fifth star in the future.

About Robert Keenan Winery

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Robert Keenan Winery

Web Site

https://www.keenanwinery.com/

Ownership/Management

Michael Keenan

Napa Valley 2007

The 2007 vintage is an excellent year that came together in the end to produce a sizeable crop of uniformly great wines throughout the state. The wines have plenty of depth and richness, ample acidity, and are focused and detailed. Many compare it to 2001 in style and it’s a vintage to buy with confidence across the board.

A dry winter was followed by a warm, dry spring, bringing an early start to the ripening cycle. Fine weather prevailed through the moderate to coolish summer with notably few days of triple-digit temperatures, and even fewer-than-average days around 90°F. Chardonnay harvest began a bit early, as warm weather arrived in Napa in mid-August and lasted through early September before cooling significantly. Rain fell mid-month but with little impact, as many early ripeners were already in — Cabernets and Merlot weren’t affected and had plenty of time to rebalance afterwards. Rain returned in the second week of October, but again with little impact. Warm, sunny conditions returned right after the rain, and harvest was concluded in excellent weather by the end of the month.

2007 produced a healthy crop of grapes that, as in so many great years, enjoyed a moderate growing season free of extremes. It is a big, ripe, full-bodied vintage that produced classic California Cabs and has buyers and sellers smiling — one to buy with confidence!

Key Dates

September
Moderate rain falls

October
Slight rainfall leads to favorable harvest conditions

March
Dryness of winter continues through the season

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