The origin of this wine begins with the selection from vineyards of more than 25 years of age. With this wine, start exhibiting the quality and balance of great wines. The style of this wine is characterised by a strong impression of red fruits and spices in perfect harmony with the flavors of barrel ageing.
Made from 80% old vine Corvina and Corvina clones (Rizza, Nera and Corvinone), and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Syrah, this dark ruby wine opens with a fine, floral bouquet of plums, fresh cherries, and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, the notes of pure cherry, plum, smoky chestnut, and black spice are gracefully layered over polished, crisp tannins. Aging in traditional cherry wood ovals further heightens the distinctive cherry-infused notes of Verona's indigenous Corvina grape.
A fluid and supple red, yet offers grainy tannins to support cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. On the slimmer side, yet balanced. Best from 2013 through 2019. 15,000 cases imported.
The flagship wine of the estate, the HFE Red Mountain consistently displays dense color, firm tannins, and well-defined acidity. Always a majority blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is suitable for drinking upon release, but will reward those with the patience to age it. This wine represents all vineyard blocks farmed within the Hedges Family Estate vineyard portfolio. A true chateau-production bottling, the HFE Red Mountain is the epitome of classic style, and one that represents the Terroir of the Red Mountain AVA in a pure and elegant form.(from producer's website)
The 2009 Keenan Merlot is 100% Merlot, 77% from Keenan's Spring Mountain vineyards, and 23% from its vineyards in Napa Carneros. Grapes are hand harvested and de-stemmed before undergoing a fermentation of 10-14 days. The wine is then aged for a full 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels (33% new). The 2009 Keenan Merlot opens with distinctly Pomerol-like hints of violets on the nose, with Keenan's signature spiciness emerging on entry. Rich, dark, and full on the palate, the flavor impression remains gracefully layered, deep, and elegant, from the fruit-forward initial entry, to the penetrating, emphatically forceful finish.