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72 Ratings
Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

At first sniff an intriguing combination of smoked meat, raspberry jam, caramel, dried herbs and toasted oak awaken the olfactory senses. The varied scents will tempt you to taste and the flavors of chocolate, coffee, black cherry and blackberry seems to dominate the palate. Well integrated tannins balance with the ripe fruit and conclude with a lingeringfinish that is accented with sweet oak.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2014 Vintage) A powerful red, with concentrated flavors of red plum, cherry and boysenberry that are layered with plenty of rich spice and mineral accents. Touches of slate and cardamom make for a complex finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,170 cases made. -KM
  • Wine Spectator
    (1986 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/89
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1988 Vintage) A solid Merlot when young, it now sets cedar and a certain drying trend against vestigial hints of succulence, and its still evident tannins have not served it as well in aging as their size might have predicted.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1988 Vintage)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1999 Vintage) 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 4% Petit Verdot; 2% Cabernet Franc. Taking ripeness as its central theme, this sweet, caramel-tinged wine makes good use of creamy oak while delivering a fair bit of direct cherry-like fruit. Richer to start than it is at the finish, it is fairly plush and mouthfilling, yet it tends to dryness at the end and shows just a hint of closing heat. Albeit wholly likeable in a direct and fairly tasty style, it is the least compelling wine of the current Duckhorn bunch.