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2015 Keplinger Mars

ITEM 8318214 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $50
Item Sold Amount Date
I8330271 3 $50 Jul 17, 2022
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94James Suckling

...finely textured and refined Rhone blend with spices, meat, black peppers and dark fruits. Medium body and a fresh, bright finish.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...meaty, spicy, full-bodied red that boasts loads of kirsch and blackberry fruit to go with lots of spice cabinet, cumin, and dried earth-like nuances. Upfront, loaded with fruit, and beautifully complex...

92Wine Spectator

Loaded with spice and tension, offering black raspberry, pepper and fruitcake flavors that acquire richness on the long finish.

90Vinous / IWC

...silky, nuanced and medium in body. Succulent red berry fruit, tobacco, cedar, spice and leather add aromatic nuance and complexity.



Keplinger, based in Napa Valley, was founded in 2006 by winemaker Helen Keplinger and her husband Douglas Warner, and it has become one of the rising stars among wineries established by a new generation of youthful, innovative winemakers. Keplinger herself has been featured in cover stories in wine journals including Wine Spectator. Keplinger fell in love with Grenache during a sojourn working in a Priorat, Spain, and at her new winemaking enterprise she focuses on Grenache-based and other Rhone-style blends. Keplinger earned a graduate degree in enology at UC Davis and worked in Australia and several regions of California before starting her own venture. She sources grapes from the Sierra Foothills and elsewhere. Along with Grenache, she blends Mourvedre, Syrah, Viognier, and starting in 2012 has made a white blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Wine writer James Laube has noted that “in embracing a handful of Rhone Valley grapes, especially Grenache, Keplinger has created captivating and uniquely styled wines that are stretching the boundaries of what has been a Syrah-centric arena among California vintners.”


United States, California, Sonoma County, Moon Mountain

Moon Mountain AVA earned its official status as an American Viticultural Area in 2013. The Moon Mountain district is a sub-appellation of Sonoma Valley, and has long been considered a prestigious address for vineyards. At the relatively high level of 400 to 2.700 feet above sea level, the 17,633-acre AVA is on the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains. About 2,000 acres within the AVA are planted to vineyards. The climate benefits from constant breezes from the bay as well as sunshine, since the area is above the fog line. Grapes grown in the AVA are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, with some Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.