Keenan Winery

Black Phoebe
2021 Red Table Wine
Spring Mountain District

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction | Lot No. 66
Vintage

2021

Keenan Winery

Black Phoebe

Red Table Wine
Spring Mountain District

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Black Phoebe is the third offering in our bird-themed series
  • This blend was inspired by the bird and the wine was matched to the gracefulness of the Black Phoebe
  • To bring out this almost ethereal quality, Merlot was chosen as the base with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc added
  • Fruit is 100% estate sourced from vines all in their third decade; barrel aging in 33% new oak for 20 months

Description

The bird-themed series was born during the Covid 19 pandemic’s first spring, a time our family spent more hours together in the vineyard than we ever had. That May we saw more bluebirds than I can remember. Having been an avid bird watcher all my life, I was thrilled to share this winemaking endeavor with my family. You can’t help but feel happy when you see a bluebird—it’s just one of those universal rules. And being at the beginning of the pandemic, these sightings took on an added dimension, hence the idea to start a bird-themed series of wines for Premiere Napa Valley that underscores our connection to our land. Sometimes the sighting of the bird inspires the wine and sometimes the wine inspires the choosing of the bird. This is #3 in a potentially limitless series.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Michael Keenan

Winemaker, Keenan Winery

Winemaker, Michael Keenan

Began drinking wine at the age of 10. Worked under Joe Cafaro for Keenan's first harvest in 1977. Became director of Keenan Winery in 1998.

Country born: United States

Education: None - learned by experience.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Natural; allow the terroir and vineyard selection to let varietal character show through.

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