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Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vyd. Napa Valley Premier 2011
87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc. A classically nuanced expression of Three Palms Vineyard, this wine combines beautiful layers of red currant, pomegranate, blackberry and Santa Rosa plum with sophisticated hints of star anise, leather, sage and cedar. On the palate, fine talc-like tannins add a velvety elegance, supporting the fruit and carrying the wine to a long, pleasurable finish. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 94 points by Wine Enthusiast.
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.
External Reviews for Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vyd. Napa Valley Premier
The aromas are fresh and enticing with bright citrus layers supported by subtle undertones of papaya and green mango. On the palate, the tropical notes come to the forefront with rich, lush layers of guava, passion fruit and lychee, as well as hints of herbs and lemon zest.
Apple blossom, pear and tangerine flavors are at the core of this wine, with a nice acidity to give the flavors plenty of intensity and freshness. Drink now. -MW Wine Spectator. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from California in USA. 2011 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 375ml
With a vibrant acidity that is balanced by toasted oak and a rich mouthfeel, this wine has a nose that expresses notes of ripe melon, Meyer lemon, kiwi and pineapple, along with scents of jasmine, honey, thyme and a hint of spice. Tropical and citrus notes are found on the palate, as well as grapefruit, apricot, lemon grass, papaya and pineapple linger on the finish.
Drifting toward the lean, grassier side of the varietal spectrum, this wine comes across as lighter than recent Duckhorn efforts yet seems a tad better off because of it. Style and size fit nicely together and the wines early juice on the palate is ... Connoisseurs Guide. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from California in USA. 2011 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 375ml
A Sauvignon Blanc wine from California in USA. 2011 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 375ml
Not just an entrepreneur but a true visionary, Dan Duckhorn was the first Napa winemaker to see the potential for Merlot as not just something to blend with Cabernet but as the primary grape in a great Napa Valley wine. He founded his winery on that premise and the rest is history. No other Merlot from California has achieved the success, the accolades or the following that Duckhorn enjoys. The wines are always highly allocated and snapped up by legions of loving admirers. This 2011 is a blend of 83% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Wine Review Online scored it 93 and Connoisseurs Guide scored it 90 saying "If at first a little tight in the nose and only grudgingly allowing a bit of sweet oak, cherries and herbs to peek out, this well-endowed wine is not at all restrained in its broad and decidedly juicy flavors of very well-ripened Merlot fruit. It is at this point more solid than it is succulent in nature, but, make no mistake, this is a deep and solidly built wine that comes with the guarantee of a complex and stylish future."
Apple blossom, pear and tangerine flavors are at the core of this wine, with a nice acidity to give the flavors plenty of intensity and freshness.
Food Pairings for Duckhorn Merlot Three Palms Vyd. Napa Valley Premier
Notes: 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons) 15% Barrel-fermented in new oak 5 months sur lie
|Total Acidity: .60 grams per liter|
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