Carrying over from our holiday higher end wine recommendations, Thirsty Thursday delivers another very special wine for the Glutton family: Robert Keenan’s 2007 Cabernet Franc.
Since my days in the wine business, I’ve been a supporter of/indulger in Keenan wines. Located in the sleepy Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley (just west of St. Helena), the Keenan winery has a limited but across the board impressive portfolio that consistently scores high marks from those in the industry.
The first wine from Keenan that I connected with was their 2001 25th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that became the focus a social gathering at my home to experience a unique instance of bottle variation (the subtle differences in character of a particular vintage of wine because of aging in the bottle). It was a thoroughly enjoyable gluttonous affair where allegedly nearly a case of the priceless cab was consumed under the auspices of educational research.
While the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon will always remain a special wine, it took a visit to the Keenan winery to introduce me to the second love of my life: the Keenan Cabernet Franc.
A limited production wine, the Cab Franc is arguably the best valued wine year in and year out in the winery’s portfolio. It combines the wonderful nuances of the Cab Franc varietal with the ripeness and depth of fruit character that is obtained from vineyards located in the Spring Mountain District. And in this humble glutton’s opinion the wine consistently epitomizes the greatness that Old World varietals can obtain when grown in under the right circumstances in California. In sporting terms, the Keenan Cab Franc is a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Here’s my complete review of the 2007 vintage:
2007 Robert Keenan Cabernet Franc (Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley)
Dark rich plum in color, nearly opaque, the wine opens with a delightful melody of oak, earthy forest, fruit, and a tinge of vanilla on the nose. Medium-to-full bodied this Cab Franc displays diverse and developed ripe fruit notes along with a subtle amount of cassis that cascades evenly across the palate with developed tannins and well integrated alcohol. A Cab Franc lovers dream wine.
Retails around $55-60 and was given a 94 Point Rating by Robert Parker
The production and distribution of Keenan’s Cab Franc is limited, but the wine can often found available for purchase directly from the winery (click here for contact information).
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