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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2006
Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot 2006
(search item no. 98853)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2011 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Three Palms Vineyard is legendary in the world of California Merlot—and for good reason. A hot site with free-draining soils, Three Palms consistently delivers focused red fruit flavors balanced by an austere minerality, which contributes to elegant aging potential. The 2006 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot delivers all the vibrant fruit one would expect, with layers of red currant, raspberry and black cherry underscored by elements of piecrust, strawberry, caramel and wet stone. The tannins are dry and elegant, leading to a long, jammy finish.

The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer with a mid-July heat spike that accelerated ripening. Mild temperatures continued throughout the fall allowing for a moderately paced harvest. The long growing season brought complex and intense flavor and aroma development.

75% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

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About Duckhorn Vineyards:

Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics of its vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled The Discussion, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that represents the pinnacle of Duckhorn's portfolio.