Robert Keenan Winery

Robert Keenan Winery, St. Helena: Hours, Address, Robert Keenan Winery Reviews: 4.5/5

Robert Keenan Winery
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Combining both the art and science of winemaking, our passionate commitment to quality is evident in every aspect of producing world class wines - from using only the finest grapes to the Portuguese cork in the bottle. See and taste for yourself why in the last nine vintages, 47 wines have been awarded 90 to 97 points by Robert Parker Jr. We invite you to visit historic Keenan Winery in the Spring Mountain District of the Napa Valley. Enjoy our handcrafted, small production wines produced by our solar powered, sustainably farmed vineyards.
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Huntsville, AL155 contributions
Oct 2018
After several formal tours of wineries, it was nice to drive up to Keenan, chill at the bar, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. Laura was AMAZING! She is so relaxed and generously pours numerous wines, while providing plenty of information about the vineyard and wines in a non pressuring way. Midway through the tasting, she took us downstairs to see the barrel room and wine making process (we got to see Syrah fermenting as it was harvest time). The view is nice and we also got to sample fresh figs. We ended up ordering several wines (our favorite were the cab, syrah, and cab franc, although the merlot was great as well), and she comped our tasting fee. Overall, we loved Keenan and will definitely return! If you are looking for a relaxed, laid back atmosphere in between the stuffy, scripted tours and tastings, this is the place for you!
Thank you Laura for an amazing time!!!
Written October 25, 2018
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Tyler, TX625 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
This was my first visit to Keenan although I have been a Club member since 1998. The winery is at the top of a mountain at about 2,000 feet. The view is nice and the tasting room is nice. The grandson of the founder was our host. He was a blast. We toured the wine cave and had a very good and extensive tasting. I love the wine and and I am pleased with the visit. The winery is not as “fancy” as many others, but the wine is really good and really consistent.
Written April 16, 2018
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Rob Csenar
Zeeland, MI132 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
We visited Keenan while the new tasting room was being constructed. So we made do in a little shack and met some wonderful people along the way. Keenan makes top notch wine and they made us feel very welcome. I also got to see a Coravin system in action for the very first time. Very cool.
Written November 29, 2014
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Thomas V
Kennesaw, GA1,551 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Great tasting of wines tucked away on top of Spring Mtn. The winery is under renovations so tastings are served in a 1920's house on the vineyard. Rustic settings but very comfortable. Awesome family winery with charm. Staff was friendly and poured some wines only served to club members. Well worth a visit!
Written November 23, 2014
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Jim W
Carmel, CA631 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We enjoy special attractions a bit off the beaten path and thus did not mind the short jaunt up winding Spring Mountain Road to Keenan.

Laura was an absolutely wonderful hostess as we enjoyed tasting several wines and the short walk to the site of the soon to open new tasting room.

We enjoyed the wines in this very special setting!
Written September 13, 2014
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Hello Jim, We are so pleased to hear you had such a wonderful time at the winery. We were happy to serve you and your guests and enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the excellent review and we hope to share our wines with you again soon. Warm Regards, The Keenan Winery Team
Written October 29, 2014
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Land O Lakes, FL100 contributions
We love Keenan wines and are members of their wine society. We had our first visit with them yesterday and loved it thanks to Amy! She was so hospitable and fantastic to do a tasting with. She is only their on Sundays and Mondays so ask for her when you book!
Written March 18, 2014
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Dana H
Dansville, NY5 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
My best friends and I enjoyed our trip to Keenan Winery and found Laura to be very hospitable as well as knowledgeable. The tasting room was very comfortable. I highly recommend visiting the winery and enjoying all their wines!
Written May 11, 2013
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Napa, CA22 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
Robert Keenan Winery is simply awesome! Laura, our host, was great and provided a wonderful, informative experience. Every one of their wines is a knockout.

Keenan is up on Spring Mountain Road in St. Helena about half way up the road. A side road marked by a sign veers off to the right and takes you another mile and a half in to the winery. As with most Spring Mountain wineries, the view is spectacular, staff is very knowledgeable but earthy and unpretentious and appointments are necessary.

Now to the wines. They have one white, a Chardonnay. We tasted the 2010 Chardonay. It had one of the most pleasant and pronounced aromas I remember in a Chardonnay. I started picking it up when my nose was still about a foot away from the glass. Mostly apple but perhaps some pear. Exceptionally pleasant. On the palate I got crisp fruit of mostly apple with minerality and all sorts of subtle sub flavors that delighted the senses. They do not use malolactic conversion or MLF but do use oak and sur-lie aging. The oak adds to the Chardonnay and does not detract from the varietal characteristics. This Chard tastes like a Chard. At only $30, it is one of my favorite Napa Chards.

Our red wine tasting began with the 2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel at $34. About 65% of the fruit is from Spring Mountain. It is a very nice Zin with some cherry on the nose and more red berry and spice on the palate. This is not one of your thin zins, nor a high-octane one that will clear your sinuses. It is a big, interesting, complex and spicy zin with plenty of fruit. I’ll bet it pairs well with food. Next was the 2008 Merlot ($36) with about 80% estate grapes and 20% from Carneros. The mountain fruit gives it tannin, structure and balance that many tepid, one-dimensional Merlots do not have unless blended with Cabs. This one is excellent and easily stands on its own as one of the better Napa Valley Merlots. This was followed by the 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49) that is 76% estate fruit with the rest coming form Pope Valley. Robert Parker gave it a 94 and I think it is well deserved. This is a much more complex Cab than I associate with the super ripe fruity Cabs that Parker often seems to praise. I got some cherry on the nose with a big, rich, complex, structured palate that delighted the senses and was followed by a long finish. This wine probably was not so drinkable a year ago but is just now coming into its own. Even though it is very drinkable now, it would be a great one to lay away for a number of years. The next wine to dazzle us was the 2008 Napa Valley Syrah ($38) which comes mostly from Coombsville. Tons of fruit with good integrated tannins, pleasant chewiness and great structure this one is not a fruit bomb like some Syrahs and is the style that I really like for Syrahs. If you are tired of one-dimensional fruit forward Syrahs, that have little going on, then try this one. Our final tasting was of the 2006 Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon ($96). I got some incredible fruit on the nose, mostly blackberry, with a powerful but delightful palate of black fruits and some floral notes. It clearly needs plenty of air. As Laura said, we could come back to it in a day or two after opening it and catch it after it fully opened up. I liked it a lot but I think it is one to lay away for a few years even though it is already six years old. If you drink it now give it plenty of air in a decanter first.

The only down side to visiting Keenan is deciding what to purchase. We decided on two Chardonnays, two Merlots, one Cab and two Cab Francs and will certainly return soon for some more. Oh yes, the 2008 Cabernet Franc. It was not available for tasting but, given how great all of the Keenan wines were, we opted to buy some anyhow, The Keenan line up of wines is incredible, and there are still many of their wines we have not tried. If you join their club, you will receive 20% off the already very reasonable prices. Keenan should be very high on your list if you are a serious wine drinker. There is great wine up in them there hills!
Written June 30, 2012
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Leawood, KS168 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
I love this place way up in Spring Mountain. Basically a rustic log structure, very friendly staff. Beautiful property. The wines are fantastic, especially their Cab, Reserve Cab and Cab Franc. You really get your money's worth with Keenan wines.
Written January 18, 2012
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china28 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
Keenan Winery requires reservations and it is really worth your time. The Keenan tasting room is in what looks like a barn. The resident black lab is free to roam around and the Fed Ex delivery guy might stop in and have lunch with the winery workers while you are there. It is very casual and you will feel right at home. There is a minimal tasting fee to taste 5 (or so) wines and the pours very generous. You can opt to sit at the bar, a beautiful table or in the overstuffed chairs. Make sure to have a designated driver. The one lane driveway should not be treated lightly. Joining the wine club is a great value! Enjoy these wonderful wines!
Written November 5, 2011
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