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2017 Robert Keenan Winery Zinfandel

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September 24, 2023 - $21

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PRODUCER

Robert Keenan Winery

Robert Keenan Winery was founded in 1974 when Robert Keenan purchased 180 acres on Spring Mountain. The property was an abandoned vineyard and winery that had not been in production since the early 20th century. Keenan replanted and rebuilt the property and had his first harvest of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1977. Today the estate is run by Michael Keenan, Robert’s son, with consulting winemaking by Nils Venge, one of Napa Valley’s star winemakers. Keenan grows Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and produces about 14,000 cases annually. Robert M. Parker Jr. has often given Keenan wines scores between 90 and 97 pts and notes that “these are textbook Spring Mountain offerings that possess good freshness, tremendous fruit purity, and impressive quality.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

Red Wine, Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape, but 85% of the wine produced is made into a rosy “White Zinfandel.” Red Zin is far more complex and bold, while still being light-bodied. It grows in popularity as winemakers continue to experiment with new styles and blends.