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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
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
This wine displays lovely red and blue fruit aromas, supported by well-integrated accents of oak from barrel aging. On the palate, it is rich and concentrated with abundant dark berry flavors as well as savory black olive, earth and spice notes. Solid tannins offer an excellent foundation for the fruit, and will help this wine to age gracefully. - WineryVarietal Content:89% Cabernet Sauvignon11% MerlotCooperage Barrel Aging: 12 Months in 100% French Oak, 35% NewAcid: 0.54 g/100 ml titratable aciditypH: 3.78Alcohol: 13.9%
This appealing wine offers classic Merlot aromas of ripe plum and red cherry, with hints of caramel, white pepper and graphite. On the palate, lush red fruit layers are supported by excellent tannins and seamlessly integrated oak. - Winery
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.
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."
Magnum, 1.5Liter Probably the most famous and celebrated Merlot that Napa Valley produces, Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard is a true testament to the quality and character that Merlot can achieves in this ideal microclimate. This 2011 is a blend of 87% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc aged in 51% New French oak barrels for 24 months. Wine Review online scored it 97 points saying "The 2011 vintage was unusually cool for Napa, which resulted in a spectacular Three Palms Merlot. Wonderfully aromatic, it’s a firm, young wine, with a riveting tension between fruitiness and herbal qualities. The tannins are fine, not aggressive, and provide perfect structure and balance. It expands it the glass, with layers of herbal earthy nuances, not just fruit flavors. Indeed, it’s the non-fruit elements that set this wine apart. This tightly wound wine, which stops you in your tracts now, should evolve beautifully over the next decade, so there’s no rush to pull the cork."
Lush and enticing with aromas that strike an appealing balance between vibrant cranberry and deeper, dark berry notes, with sophisticated hints of white pepper and forest floor. The palate is rich and beautifully structured, offering a lush core of dark, ripe fruit wrapped in smooth, firmly textured tannins.
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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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