Robert Keenan Winery

Mailbox Vineyard Reserve Merlot

9.293 ratings
9.216 pro ratings
Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Bill Bender

3 good things about a 3 day weekend. Dodgers vs Padres with Kershaw on the hill followed by one of my favorite merlots. The mailbox reserve is right up there with Paloma and Switchback--rich, weighty and lush. Spring mountain does something with merlot that makes me seek them out. The '13 is still youthful and needs time to shed some tannin so I'd hold for optimum enjoyment.....and optimum enjoyment is always the goal. Happy Labor Day weekend 👷🏽💼🍷🍈🍈

3 good things about a 3 day weekend. Dodgers vs Padres with Kershaw on the hill followed by one of my favorite merlots. The mailbox reserve is right up there with Paloma and Switchback--rich, weighty and lush. Spring mountain does something with merlot that makes me seek them out. The '13 is still youthful and needs time to shed some tannin so I'd hold for optimum enjoyment.....and optimum enjoyment is always the goal. Happy Labor Day weekend 👷🏽💼🍷🍈🍈

Sep 2nd, 2017
Mo Cherry

College basketball/burger wine...solid combo!

College basketball/burger wine...solid combo!

1 person found it helpfulDec 24th, 2014
Tom Riley

Double decanted and still needed almost two hours to start opening. Impressive dark fruit, mouth-watering acid, good depth and concentration. Nicely balanced and keeping the 14.8% abv in check. Can't wait to see how the rest is showing tomorrow night.

Double decanted and still needed almost two hours to start opening. Impressive dark fruit, mouth-watering acid, good depth and concentration. Nicely balanced and keeping the 14.8% abv in check. Can't wait to see how the rest is showing tomorrow night.

Jun 14th, 2017
Chris Opdyke

Needs a lot of time

Needs a lot of time

Aug 25th, 2014
Brian Nickerson

If you like bold reds but do not care for Merlot, you either are still learning about wine or you simply haven’t tasted Keenan.

If you like bold reds but do not care for Merlot, you either are still learning about wine or you simply haven’t tasted Keenan.

Jul 4th, 2019
Bill Morgan

Delicate fruit flavor with a long lasting finish

Delicate fruit flavor with a long lasting finish

Mar 28th, 2019
Michael Meyer

My WOTN at a dinner with Michael Keenan (with some 15 different cuvées in tow, so settle in...). A bit more brooding than the ‘14. Still with great purity, but a bit more powerful and savory. “The Original” is a reference to the restoration of the Mailbox Vineyard to its original configuration, namely Merlot.

My WOTN at a dinner with Michael Keenan (with some 15 different cuvées in tow, so settle in...). A bit more brooding than the ‘14. Still with great purity, but a bit more powerful and savory. “The Original” is a reference to the restoration of the Mailbox Vineyard to its original configuration, namely Merlot.

Jun 20th, 2018
Michael Meyer

Black-ish red fruit, earth, spices, tobacco. Rich, smooth texture. Great body and length. Beautiful and primary now...decades to evolve. This is top shelf Cali Merlot.

Black-ish red fruit, earth, spices, tobacco. Rich, smooth texture. Great body and length. Beautiful and primary now...decades to evolve. This is top shelf Cali Merlot.

Jun 20th, 2018
Stephen Jackshaw

My first turns two and we decided to have a little pre-party this weekend. I absolutely love this! It needs time but showed some wonderful fruit and balance. In time these usually gain complexity and are outstanding.

My first turns two and we decided to have a little pre-party this weekend. I absolutely love this! It needs time but showed some wonderful fruit and balance. In time these usually gain complexity and are outstanding.

Mar 13th, 2018
Ben Scholtz

I'm not a Merlot gout usually, but this one is excellent!
Not too dry, big, finishes smooth.
#2010vintage

I'm not a Merlot gout usually, but this one is excellent!
Not too dry, big, finishes smooth.
#2010vintage

Jun 4th, 2017