2007 Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley

2007 Robert Keenan Winery Merlot Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

89 Points Wine Advocate

Customer Ratings

Based on 167 ratings

The nose is fabulous with black fruit especially plum, spice, vanilla, cedar, the palate is huge, and very expressive of prunes, and stewed fruit. My sense is of a well aged, light, and very dry Madeira. The tannins are still quite strongly present, suggesting that this wine could age well for another decade or more. Really very nice!

Very good red fruit flavors and rich-tasting finish. It already has a surprisingly plush (almost satin-like) texture in the mouth. I'd buy more.

Great merlot - would buy again

Very big merlot - more like a cab, smooth tannins


Four more of these have disappeared since the note above, with only one tasting note I didn't upload about a year ago. Now it is amazing. Big nose of vanillin oak, red and black fruit and spice box. Massive on the palate, but focused, and VERY long on the smooth finish. Just wonderful in general and fantastic with a pot roast and root vegetables. An honest five stars now, and six (bottles) are left! Life is good!

Good Time, no heavy thinking allowed

Sweet rich cherry licquer, nice body & texture. I feel like I'm being easy, but this was enjoyable and fun to drink.

2007 keenan merlot

This is good wine. It reminds me of good Chianti. That may sound strange but that was my first impression.

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

Moderate rain falls

Slight rainfall leads to favorable harvest conditions

Dryness of winter continues through the season

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