2006 Keenan Merlot Napa Valley Spring Mountain 30th Anniversary

RED 4/11/12  2006 Keenan Merlot Napa Valley Spring Mountain 30th Anniversary (14.3% abv., $26, wineexpress.com): Dark, brilliant, youthful; full of aromas and flavors both fruity and savory.  Wonderfully balanced with mouth-watering acids and tight, smoky tannins. Conclusion: Wish I had cellared this longer. This has a way to go. If you’ve dismissed merlot after too many flabby or boring bottles,  give the folks at Keenan a look. They’ll remind you of what good merlot is all about.

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About Tom Riley

My passion for wine has led me to my third career. First, many years in public relations and publications for colleges and universities in New York and New England. Then, as my children grew, a career as a high school teacher so I could be home with them after school and play Mr. Mom. Now that they are away at college, I enjoy working in the field I have come to love. In 2010 I earned the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust, UK) Advanced Certificate, "with merit." I am now a candidate for the WSET's Diploma, expecting to finish in early 2014. In the mean time, I'll continue to share my views as I examine all things related to wine.
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