90pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 Keenan Merlot is attractive and easy on the palate. This wine is bright with pleasing red and black cherry aromas and flavors. A note of oak rounds it out. Pair it with roast chicken and a garden-fresh salad. (Tasted: May 23, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
The 2016 Keenan Merlot is composed of seventy-five percent Keenan Estate Merlot. Twenty-five percent of the wine is Merlot fruit harvested from the Napa Carneros region. The wine has been aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. The resulting wine shows intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Complex nuances of cocoa and coffee bean emerge as the wine opens up. This is a “big” Merlot that will age for many years to come.