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Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

In the Vineyards – 2015: In Napa Valley, a warm, dry spring resulted in any early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, with our first white grapes arriving at the winery on July 31st. A light rain in mid-September nourished the vines, while providing welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors. Sensory Profile: Reflecting what can be achieved from a legendary vineyard in an exceptional growing season, this wine displays captivating aromas of fresh cranberry, blueberry, fig, cedar and cocoa nibs. On the dense, mouth-filling palate, sophisticated notes of wet slate minerality add poise and definition to flavors of plum, molasses, cherry and crushed rose petals. Silky tannins carry the wine to a beautifully structured finish with hints of moist earth, cranberry and bittersweet chocolate. Composition: 91% Merlot 7% Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5% Petit Verdot .5% Cabernet Franc Cooperage: 18 months in oak 100% French Oak - 75% New Oak, 25% Neutral Average Sugar at Harvest: 27.4° Brix Alcohol: 14.7% Titratable acidity: 0.56 g/100 ml pH: 3.79 ** Only 6 in Stock **

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Duckhorn Vineyards:
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 Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2018

In the Vineyards – 2015: In Napa Valley, a warm, dry spring resulted in any early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, with our first white grapes arriving at the winery on July 31st. A light rain in mid-September nourished the vines, while providing welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors. Sensory Profile: Reflecting what can be achieved from a legendary vineyard in an exceptional growing season, this wine displays captivating aromas of fresh cranberry, blueberry, fig, cedar and cocoa nibs. On the dense, mouth-filling palate, sophisticated notes of wet slate minerality add poise and definition to flavors of plum, molasses, cherry and crushed rose petals. Silky tannins carry the wine to a beautifully structured finish with hints of moist earth, cranberry and bittersweet chocolate. Composition: 91% Merlot 7% Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5% Petit Verdot .5% Cabernet Franc Cooperage: 18 months in oak 100% French Oak - 75% New Oak, 25% Neutral Average Sugar at Harvest: 27.4° Brix Alcohol: 14.7% Titratable acidity: 0.56 g/100 ml pH: 3.79 ** Only 6 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/16/2018

In the Vineyards – 2015: In Napa Valley, a warm, dry spring resulted in any early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, with our first white grapes arriving at the winery on July 31st. A light rain in mid-September nourished the vines, while providing welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors. Sensory Profile: Reflecting what can be achieved from a legendary vineyard in an exceptional growing season, this wine displays captivating aromas of fresh cranberry, blueberry, fig, cedar and cocoa nibs. On the dense, mouth-filling palate, sophisticated notes of wet slate minerality add poise and definition to flavors of plum, molasses, cherry and crushed rose petals. Silky tannins carry the wine to a beautifully structured finish with hints of moist earth, cranberry and bittersweet chocolate. Composition: 91% Merlot 7% Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5% Petit Verdot .5% Cabernet Franc Cooperage: 18 months in oak 100% French Oak - 75% New Oak, 25% Neutral Average Sugar at Harvest: 27.4° Brix Alcohol: 14.7% Titratable acidity: 0.56 g/100 ml pH: 3.79 ** Only 5 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2018

Since our inaugural vintage in 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been proud to craft a vineyard-designate bottling from Three Palms. One of California’s first single-vineyard Merlots, this full-bodied wine reflects Three Palms’ unique terroir and has been a consistent benchmark for New World Merlot. Named for its three iconic palm trees, the warm, up valley vineyard features lean soils that cause the vines to send their roots deep in search of nutrients, producing an intense, age-worthy wine with complex fruit and mineral layers. In The Vineyards – 2014: Here in Napa Valley, the 2014 growing season delivered our third exceptional vintage in a row, yielding wines with ideal concentration, elegant tannins and lovely varietal flavors. Though the 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record, heavy rains in February and March provided the vines much-needed moisture at just the right time. A warm spring triggered an early budbreak, and perfect weather throughout the summer allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness with pure, focused flavors and resolved tannins. Harvest began on August 5th and ended on October 15th, and though it was quite compact, we were able to pick all of our grapes based solely on flavor, resulting in another fantastic vintage. Sensory Profile: This classic expression of Three Palms Vineyard Merlot displays beautiful layers of dense dark red fruit, cedar, graphite and cream, as well as hints of wet river rock. Pure and polished on the palate, the rich flavors are underscored by firm, structured tannins and subtle sweet oak that will ensure that this stunning Merlot ages wonderfully for years to come. Composition: 86% Merlot 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Malbec 2% Petit Verdot Aging & Oak: 18 months in oak 100% French Oak 75% New Oak, 25% Neutral Alcohol: 14.5% Titratable Acidity: 0.59 g/100 ml pH: 3.76 ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2014 11/17/2017

Wine Spectator #1 Wine of 2017!! 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 achieve in this ideal microclimate. Named for its three iconic palm trees, the warm, up valley vineyard features lean soils that cause the vines to send their roots deep in search of nutrients, producing an intense, age-worthy wine with complex fruit and mineral layers. This 2014 is 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in 100% French Oak, 75% New Oak, 25% Neutral. Wine Spectator scored this 95 points saying "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."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 12/06/2017

Since our inaugural vintage in 1978, Duckhorn Vineyards has been proud to craft a vineyard-designate bottling from Three Palms. One of California’s first single-vineyard Merlots, this full-bodied wine reflects Three Palms’ unique terroir and has been a consistent benchmark for New World Merlot. Named for its three iconic palm trees, the warm, up valley vineyard features lean soils that cause the vines to send their roots deep in search of nutrients, producing an intense, age-worthy wine with complex fruit and mineral layers. In The Vineyards – 2014: Here in Napa Valley, the 2014 growing season delivered our third exceptional vintage in a row, yielding wines with ideal concentration, elegant tannins and lovely varietal flavors. Though the 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record, heavy rains in February and March provided the vines much-needed moisture at just the right time. A warm spring triggered an early budbreak, and perfect weather throughout the summer allowed the grapes to achieve ideal ripeness with pure, focused flavors and resolved tannins. Harvest began on August 5th and ended on October 15th, and though it was quite compact, we were able to pick all of our grapes based solely on flavor, resulting in another fantastic vintage. Sensory Profile: This classic expression of Three Palms Vineyard Merlot displays beautiful layers of dense dark red fruit, cedar, graphite and cream, as well as hints of wet river rock. Pure and polished on the palate, the rich flavors are underscored by firm, structured tannins and subtle sweet oak that will ensure that this stunning Merlot ages wonderfully for years to come. Composition: 86% Merlot 8% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Malbec 2% Petit Verdot Aging & Oak: 18 months in oak 100% French Oak 75% New Oak, 25% Neutral Alcohol: 14.5% Titratable Acidity: 0.59 g/100 ml pH: 3.76 ** Only 6 in Stock **


External Review
Vintage: 2013 01/19/2017

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 achieve in this ideal microclimate. Named for its three iconic palm trees, the warm, up valley vineyard features lean soils that cause the vines to send their roots deep in search of nutrients, producing an intense, age-worthy wine with complex fruit and mineral layers. This 2013 is 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot aged in 100% French oak barrels 75% new for 18 Months. From the outstanding 2013 vintage, Wine Review Online scored this Three Palms Merlot 98 points saying "Just when you think that Duckhorn can't get any better, this vintage of their flagship wine comes along. Depth, complexity, weight, elegance, unabashed varietal character, age-worthy structure -- it's all here in what could be the best Three Palms ever. Rich cherry, menthol, tea, cassis, earth and spice aromas and flavors are so enticing now that you'll have a hard time cellaring some. I like to hide wines like this under a bunch of heavy stuff that make it difficult to reach so that some survives into full maturity. Maybe that's a sign of my lack of maturity, but there you go. Stunning Merlot! Contains 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot."


External Review
Vintage: 2012 04/26/2016

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 achieve in this ideal microclimate. A blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot that is aged 20 months in all new French oak barrels. This 2012 scored 96 points by Connoisseurs Guide who said "Duckhorn Merlots from the Three Palms Vineyard have never been sparing in richness or wide-open fruit, and, while this version is long on the variety's plumpness and charm, it reaches a bit further in terms of creamy complexity as well. Its layered mix of ripe cherries and sweet oak affords plenty of immediate appeal, and, if wonderfully supple, it is beautifully balanced and fit with a fine spine of tannin that provides a nice sense of grip and the potential for age. It is friendly stuff now and will grow with time, and a few years of waiting can be counted upon to make a very good thing even better." Limited!



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