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Friday, October 26, 2007

2004 Keenan Mailbox Vineyard Merlot

Keenan winery has been making this "Mailbox Vineyard" Merlot since the 1997 vintage and named the vineyard as such because the original block of Merlot was located near the mailboxes on Spring Mountain. They eventually had to rip out the vines due to phylloxera but replanted and have since placed a new mailbox in the vineyard to stay true to the origin of the original Mailbox Vineyard Merlot.

A wine with deep concentration and power, one that demonstrates the essence of mountain fruit and why Merlot thrives in poor soils on hillside slopes. A complex mocha, espresso roast, chocolate, black cherry, and berry-scented bouquet. Big, rich, and opulent, this wine shows flavors of mocha, blackberry, cassis, and black pepper. The finish is very long and has very firm tannins that grip down on the front palate and lips. I expect this bottling will age well for 10-15 years and possibly even longer. I score the wine 91 points.

 
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