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%
The bottle is dark with the standard tan Duckhorn label. Wine is a translucent bright garnet with ruby red rim variation.
Clean, red fruits like raspberry, cranberries, spice/anise and oak.
Medium gritty tannins. Medium plus in body. High acidity.
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.
A long lasting beautiful oaky finish.
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.
Food – Veal, Beef and Lamb
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