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2002 Keenan Merlot
Napa Valley, California
$27-$35 Retail

Peeking through the dense fog that blankets Napa's Mayacamas mountain range, Keenan Winery's vineyards rise in the mist, firmly planted in the gravelly soils of Spring Mountain Wine District. Ripe, dark fruit aromas with spice and a hint of cocoa yield to concentrated flavors of black currants, blackberries and black cherry, with fine tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. Good with grilled meats, roast duck, venison and other game dishes. Where to buy it: Sip Wine Market, Dorignac's, Langenstein's in Metairie, Hugh's Wine Cellar in Mandeville and The Wine Market in Slidell. Where to drink it: Bayona, Besh Steakhouse, Clancy's, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Marigny Brasserie, Palace Café, Table One, Vega Tapas Café and Peristyle. (Listings current at press time.) — Brenda Maitland Questions? Email winediva1@earthlink.net.

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