93pts Wine & Spirits
Consistently one of the top merlots in the Napa Valley, Keenan’s Mailbox Vineyard Reserve captures the enigma of the variety: The wine is succulent and potently concentrated even as it manages to feel light and airy. That impression of light and air may come from the forest-green, forest-floor notes of the mountain-grown fruit, from a northwest-facing vineyard above the fog line. That fruit has a wild-raspberry floral character, and potent tannins that shadow it with dark, savory length. Tight and firmly structured, this is a merlot that will continue to improve with age.
93pts James Suckling
This is equal parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon and has a very attractive array of ripe dark plums, mulberries and blackberries with earth and chocolate notes. The palate is very long, plush and has a clever fusion of power with elegance. As is the way with all Keenan 2016s, the oak is dialed-up high and needs time to settle.
For the fourteenth consecutive year, the rechristened “Mailbox” vineyard has been chosen as the source for the Reserve Merlot bottling. Hints of violets and a signature earthy spiciness show in the nose, a chocolaty creaminess combines with the rich dark full fruit on the palate, the finish is beautifully layered, deep, elegant and very, very long. Drink now or decades from now.