Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot

Vintage – 2014

Region – California – Napa Valley

Varietal – 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot

Pricing – $85-$90

Alcohol – 14.5%

Appearance

The bottle is dark with the standard tan Duckhorn label. Wine is a translucent bright garnet with ruby red rim variation.

Aroma/Nose

Clean, red fruits like raspberry, cranberries, spice/anise and oak.

Texture/Body

Medium gritty tannins. Medium plus in body. High acidity.

Tasting

Cherry and raspberry are the fruit characteristics that come forth from the initial sips. Spice and anise flavors follow with a mineral element that help balance this Merlot. A tangy wood component is also noted on the finish.

Finish

A long lasting beautiful oaky finish.

Overall Experience

Stephanie and I had the Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot on our honeymoon at a private tasting and instantly became one of our favorites. It has tremendous complexity. Each sip continuously reveals a new addition to the flavor profile. A fantastic Merlot. Highly recommend this one for a special occasion. We were lucky to find a bottle over the holidays and shared it with family as a Christmas surprise. As suspected, it was loved by all.

Pairings

Food – Veal, Beef and Lamb

Cigar – Villiger La Vencedora or Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Reserva

Wine Publication Ratings

Wine Spectator – 95pts. 2017 Wine of the Year

Wine Enthusiast – 94pts.

Winemakers Tasting Notes

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. 

About Duckhorn Vineyard – https://www.duckhorn.com

Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot