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Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Spring Mountain Reserve Merlot 2012

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94pts:

Special cuvées include the 2012 Merlot Mailbox Vineyard Reserve. This is a relatively limited production cuvée of 400 cases and is always one of Napa’s finest Merlots. Proprietor Michael Keenan, along with his winemaker Nils Venge have generally hit the bull’s eye year whenever they have declared this particular cuvée. Beautiful mocha, white chocolate, jammy black cherry and blackcurrant notes as well as forest floor nuances, are all present in this full-bodied opulent, terrific example of Merlot. This is Merlot at its most complex and this is certainly one of the top examples of this varietal in Northern California. Moreover, despite its accessibility, this wine should drink well for 15 or more years. 

Wine & Spirits 93pts:

A red-fruited merlot, this has some blackness to the tannins that place it firmly in the Napa Valley hills. There’s a rocky sense to those tannins, along with hints of black olive and scents of conifer forests, coming together in a lasting, mineral-tinged flavor. The fruit is cool and full, integrating into the oak to create a luscious merlot that needs plenty of time in a decanter to show its best. 400 cases. 

From the winemaker:

2012 marks the 10th consecutive year our Mailbox Vineyard has been selected as the source for the Keenan Reserve Merlot bottling. Situated on steeply terraced rows directly beneath the winery, the three-acre block produces exceptionally rich, deeply flavored fruit. 100% Merlot, the resulting wine offers hints of violets and the Mailbox Vineyard’s signature earthy spiciness in the nose. A chocolaty creaminess combines with the rich dark full fruit on the palate, and the finish is beautifully layered, deep, elegant, and extremely long. Truly long-lived, this wine can be enjoyed today or cellared to enjoy decades from now

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Category: 2012, 90+ points, Merlot

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