2002 Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard Merlot2 Ratings
2002 Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard Merlot
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines11% Cabernet Sauvignon; 9% Petit Verdot; 5% Cabernet Franc. A tad more dramatic and slightly riper in tone than its above-mentioned mate, this chunky, tannin-laced wine teases with touches of orange-rind, briary spice and cassis while taking ripe-cherries as its central motif. It too is fairly full on the palate and sports a considerable impression of extract, but it is presently closed out by hard-charging astringency and could do with a rest of five or more years.
International Wine CellarSaturated, deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, strawberry and minerals. Juicy, tightly wound and high-pitched, with perfumed flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, violet and pipe tobacco, along with a cooler suggestion of menthol. Quite backward today and less obviously ripe than Duckhorn's estate merlot, but offers considerable promise. Finishes with very firm tannins and lingering notes of black fruits and violet. An impressive set of 2002 merlots.
Wine AdvocateRating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05