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72 Ratings
Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

Duckhorn's Three Palms Merlot is an iconic Napa Valley red wine that continues to earn its place in the lore of the great wines of the valley. It was among the first California Merlots to capture the imagination of wine connoisseurs and, if anything, the wine is better now that it was in the good old days. The '06 Three Palms is a sleek wine, showing layers ripe black fruits, hints of spice, and extremely fine tannins. Hints of leather and cedar pencil are notable aromatic complexities. This wine is awesome now, but give it a few years in the cellar and it will be even better.

An extraordinarily rich, tannic and dry wine, which despite its big structure is relieved by potent flavors of cherries, blackberries, plums and cedar, with savory touches of anise, sage and black pepper.

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.